10 Frequently Asked Questions About Tea

The world of tea, tea processing, and tea drinking is endless and we can talk about it for a long, long time. In order to keep you informed, we gathered some of the most common questions about tea we get.

1. What is tea?

Let’s start with the basics. What actually classifies as tea? Tea is made from a shrub plant that originated in Asia called Camellia sinensis. More specifically, the tea is prepared from the leaves of the plant that had gone through processing. The cured leaves are brewed with water and in some cultures with milk in order to get a tasty, healthy drink. In the beginning, tea had more of a medicinal purpose, but now it is a beloved recreational drink, people consume for the simple pleasure of it. There is also herbal tea, and ice tea and other varieties, but this one is the classical one.

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Ten Beers With a Nutty Taste

Beer. Who does not love it? Nuts. Who does not love them? Beer and nuts. Who does not love this combination? What about beer that has a nutty flavor? We are crazy about nuts and we go to extreme lengths to find out everything that is nuts related on this planet.

1.Noa Pecan Mud Cake – Double Beer  – ABV: 11%

Dark brown, almost black this beer has an aroma of chocolate cake with pecans. The taste is fruity and sour with an aftertaste of wood – smoked ash roast malts. This beer is perfect – sweet enough, with subtle bitter nuances. There is strong alcohol and nice nuttiness, which with the light chocolate contributes to a delicious sharp aroma. The beer is an interesting blend – the taste is balanced, it’s a wholly different beer and it’s beautiful.

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Do People Really Eat Tea?

Tea…. by now we have given you so much information on it. How it is processed, how it is properly prepared, and what different traditions there are when it comes to tea. But did you know that you can not only drink this magnificent plant – you can also eat it?! Yes! You are reading this correctly.

Burma or Myanmar is the country where this unique and tasty way of consuming tea started. Lahpet which translates as “green tea” (also called letpet and leppet) is a special fermented or pickled tea. Lahpet is considered to be a national Burmese dish, but it also has a very important cultural significance. Hundreds of years ago fermented tea leaves were cherished peace offering between feuding countries. Burmese kings immensely enjoyed this exotic type of tea. They even had a special official to bring it to them at a moment’s notice. A legend talks about U Ponnya – a poet and dramatist, who often presented King Mindon with pickled tea leaves and green tea. They were known to take a lot of time to discuss Lahpet and all its glory.

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15 Unbelievable Uses Of Nutshells

Nutshell uses

Ever wondered what to do with your left-over shells after you had your delicious snack of walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios? You don’t have to just throw it away. There are many ways to utilize those little, hard husks. Using the shells of the nuts in your life has one major advantage – it is extremely environmentally friendly. Let’s be honest here. A lot of the materials like plastic we use in our day to day lives are not very eco-conscious. Well, the good news is that by using nut shells as a substitute you can stray from reaching for many of the plastic-made items. Working with shells can also be very fun, creative and interactive. The outside armor of our favorite nuts can be transformed into all kinds of useful items for your house, pet, garden to your beauty regime and even the environment herself.

1.Compost made of nutshells

If you want to spruce up your garden, an ideal way to create your own compost is adding some nut shells to it. Good compost is supposed to be made of green and brown ingredients that can break down to carbon and nitrogen. Just store your nut shells in a bag until you have at least 1/2 gallon. You must grind them down as it makes the decomposing faster. Mix the nutshells with dried leaves and other green ingredients. Add some soil and water and enjoy your homemade compost.

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How People Around The World Drink Ice Tea

Ice Tea Infuser

“Ice tea! Nothing is half so refreshing as a glass of black tea piled high with ice! More than a quencher of thirst, it is a tamer of tempers, a lifter of lethargy, and a brightener of smiles. It is a taste of Winter’s chill, magically trapped in midsummer’s glass.” 
― Paul F. Kortepeter, Tea with Victoria Rose

What better way is there to describe this sweet, refreshing drink? There is nothing more satisfying than a big, cold, sugary glass of iced tea to accompany you through a hot, summer day. Bottled or freshly made, iced tea is always a perfect idea when you feel a little too warmish.

This tasty drink is often served with lemon or lime (In the South-West of the US). It is common for the iced tea to vary depending on the countries where it is made. For example, in America, they use black or fruit flavored tea. In Thailand – Ceylon tea is favored and Hojicha is more popular in China.

The recipe of how to prepare iced tea firstly appeared in cookbooks around 1876 and 1877, but this drink had already been known throughout the USA since the 1860s. At the beginning, this sweet, delicious tea was not very widely spread. This was the case up until it was featured on hotel and railroad station menus. During the 1904 World’s Fair, Richard Blechynden made it even more popular.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Cashew

Cashew is one of those super versatile ingredients that have a creamy texture and sweet taste and can be used in preparing spicy curries or yummy desserts. Cashews are very handy when you are in a need of a quick snack to boost your energy levels on the go. They are rich in dietary minerals, zinc, selenium, antioxidants, and vitamins that are much needed for the proper functioning of your body.

The meaning of “Cashew” can be traced all the way back to the Tupian word acajú which is translated as “nut that produces itself”. Portuguese later borrowed it, transforming it into caju.  It is considered that this delicious nut originated in Brazil and later was made known in India and Africa by Portuguese traders. Now some of the major cashew producers include Vietnam, Nigeria, India, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin.

The cashew tree is an evergreen tree and the fruit that it provides is known as an accessory fruit or a false fruit. The pear-like structure called hypocarpium is yellow, edible one and has a very sweet taste. It is also called cashew apple or marañón in Central America. The true fruit that the tree grows is actually attached to the bottom of the cashew apple and represents a kidney-shaped drupe. Inside the drupe, there is a seed or a nut. The shell around it contains anacardic acid that is a chemical responsible for allergic reactions

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10 Health Benefits Of Pistachio

The pistachio has been known in the Mediterranean for thousands of years and has been recently discovered by the western world. Since times immemorial, these tasty nuts have been cherished as a symbol of robust health and wellness. We have to consume this incredibly delicious nut well aware of the fact that it’s a nut with healing properties.

1. Pistachio is beneficial for the heart’s health – since it reduces LDL cholesterol and is abound with antioxidants.

A new study by researchers from the State University of Pennsylvania examined pistachio’s nutritional benefits. It turned out pistachio can help almost reach the ideal levels of LDL in the organism, while a low-fat diet cannot do the same. During the experiment, pistachios did not affect the levels of the HDL cholesterol. It so turns out that they are also a surprisingly affluent source of a class of antioxidants named flavonoids. That classifies them as some of the world’s healthiest snacks. Flavonoids play a variety of necessary functions in the health of plants, animals, and humans.

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10 Main Course Dishes With Nuts As Dominant Ingredient

Around the world, nuts are renowned as healthy ingredients of super delicious meals. Here are some beloved dishes for which nuts are primordial:

1. Shrimp Biryani with Cashews

Traditionally every element of this tasty Indian meal is prepared separately, then ordered in a dish and baked in the oven. The cashews add to it their characteristic smooth buttery flavor and a tasty crunch. It is prepared with the basmati-rice – an Indian variation of aromatic rice. The Indian word “basmati” means exactly “fragrant.” Garam masala is a mixture of spices, which is the foundation of many Indian recipes. It mainly contains cumin, ginger, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and coriander seeds. The cashews are sauteed until they are golden and seasoned generously with salt.

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History of Ice Trade, Ice Trays and Ice Cubes

With summer being around the corner, we are all starting to dream of those nice, warm days to come. However sometimes the heat can become too much and what is better in those situations than a tasty, cold drink? Whether it is for a cocktail or ice-tea, at some point we are bound to add a couple of ice cubes to a delicious beverage in order to freshen ourselves up. But where did the idea of using those diamond-looking cubes that keep as chill (in more than one way) came to be? And how were they made originally? Plus, what interesting ways there are for you to use your ice cube trays?

Well, it all begun around the 19-th century when people started harvesting ice mostly from the east coast of the USA and Norway for commercial uses. The process of producing, transporting and selling the “frozen merchandise” was called ice trade or frozen water trade. Stored in special ice houses, the harvested ice was later transported to destinations all around the world with the help of ice wagons. In 1790 ice was a privilege only the wealthy had. But the ice was becoming a very important trade during 1830 as it was being used to store fruits and vegetables. In 1840 it found its way into the process of producing lager beer, that needs to be made at lower temperatures.

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10 People Who Made Tea Popular

Tea is a beverage, a ceremony, a commodity, an afternoon tradition, a path to meditation and good tea is much more than a drink – it’s an experience for the soul. With a cup of tea and peace of mind, the life attains new meaning. It’s the most British as well as the most Russian stuff, and as all wonderful things in the world – it has got its lovers.

1.Shennong, the legendary Emperor of China

The name of Shennong can be translated as a God Peasant or a God Farmer and he was a mythical sage, who ruled prehistoric China. Famous as the father of agriculture in China, he also taught his people the use of herbal medicines. He was the first person to ever drink a cup of steaming tea. It was 2737 B.C. and while the Emperor was boiling his water in the yard to purify it, the wind carried into his cauldron of boiling water leaves from a nearby wild bush. He intuitively decided to infuse the leaves and relax, and enjoy the beverage. This is how humanity first learned about tea.

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