This week’s Source of Inspiration is in honour of all mothers out there. Sunday 11th April, Mother’s Day, is your day to be celebrated.
Tea, one of Mom’s favourites:
All tea is green when picked; the difference is in the processing of the leaves. Once picked and exposed, the leaves turn black due to oxidation. The reason why green tea is actually green is that it is processed in a way that stops the oxidation.
Teas are popular not only because of the warm, calming effect that they have on us but also because of their health properties. It is agreed that you will get more benefit out of the leaves that you brew, rather than those that come in tea bags.
The 5 main types of tea are:
Black tea: The most popular, made from fermented leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content. Black teas include Ceylon, Darjeeling and Assam, and our South African favourite being Five Roses. Black tea can be enjoyed with milk and sugar, or black with lemon and honey.
Green tea: These leaves are first steamed or pan fried when harvested. This prevents the leaves from oxidising and keeps them green. Green tea is popular because of its health benefits and high level of anti-oxidants. Some green teas are infused with flowers and fruits. Green tea is usually brewed and enjoyed on its own.
White tea: The least processed of all of the teas; white tea contains more nutrients than black or green tea. It brews a light colour and subtle flavour. White tea should be brewed and enjoyed on its own.
Oolong tea: Also known as Wu-long tea, this tea has a fragrant aroma. Oolong tea has high levels of anti-oxidants. Oolong tea should be brewed and enjoyed on its own.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves that are pressed together into cakes. It has a strong taste and is revered for its health benefits and weight-loss properties. This tea should be brewed and drunk on its own. In order to get the maximum weight-loss benefits, it is best to drink one hour after a meal.
While not included in the 5 main types of tea internationally, Rooibos is a firm favourite here in South Africa and growing in popularity overseas. Native to the Western Cape, Rooibos is an aromatic tea with health-enhancing properties. Rooibos is 100% caffeine-free and full of antioxidants.
Why not treat your mom to some refreshing, healthy and delicious Rooibos iced tea while you are spoiling her with gifts this Mother’s Day? We have the perfect recipe from Freshpak Rooibos (@freshpakrooibos) for you:
- Drop 4-6 Rooibos tea bags into a jug.
- Fill with 1 litre boiled water & add sugar to taste.
- Allow it to cool down completely.
- Add sliced fruit of your choice & lots ice
- Your Rooibos Iced Tea can last for 2-3 days but is taste best fresh!