Tea for May: Jade Oolong

Greet the spring with a cup of our organic Jade oolong tea.  This highly prized tea, made of large, hand-rolled and lightly oxidized tea leaves, comes from Nantou County, Taiwan.  Once infused, the leaves unfurl and release delicate and slightly sweet notes, exquisite flavor and an enchanting yet subtle fragrance.  The flowery aroma is reminiscent of lilacs, which are now in bloom.

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Chinese Tea Eggs

A few months ago, our shiatsu therapist Suzy made some Chinese tea eggs for us to try.  We immediately fell in love with this savory dish and wanted to share the recipe with you.

Tea eggs are a traditional snack in many parts of China.  The ingredients are very simple: tea leaves, soy sauce or tamari, star anise, salt, and a touch of sugar.  In cities like Shanghai or Beijing, you can find delicious tea eggs being served up by street vendors.  It’s also common for parents to boil some up as a nourishing after school snack.  Whenever Wei makes tea eggs, the unique and wonderful aroma of the tea leaves and spices simmering on the stove top transports her back to her childhood in Shanghai.

Enjoy these eggs anytime of day!  Plus, if you’re looking for a unique appetizer, this dish might be your answer.

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Our Liji Red Pu’er

We recently enjoyed a tasting of one of our most unique teas – a 2012 red pu’er made by the head tea master of Liji Gu Zhuang in Yunnan Province, China.  In fact, we’re the only tea specialists in America to have an artisan red pu’er.
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Mindful Tea

A nourishing verse for mindfully brewing tea:

Holding the little tea pot in my hand
As if we have met in the past
You know me, and I know you
The secret language between us brings us joy.

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Russian Tea Culture

Tea has been a prevalent part of Russian culture since first making its way up from China in the mid 17th century.  As you can imagine, the original trade route between these two massive countries was long and treacherous.  

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Tibetan Tea Culture

Butter tea, also known as po cha, is a drink of the Tibetans and Chinese minorities in southwestern China.  It’s also consumed in Bhutan.

Po-cha is a hearty brew of tealeaves, yak butter, and salt. 

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Modern Tea Customs of China

There’s a lot to write about tea customs in China as tea has been an integral part of the culture for thousands of years.  Here are some modern tea customs of China in a nutshell:

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Brewing Pu’er Tea 101

Something we’re proud of here at Arogya is the fact we’re the only authentic, artisan pu’er tea distributor in the United States.  Wei, who grew up in China, has spent the last 10 years cultivating direct relationships with producers in Yunnan Province, therefore avoiding any middle party between the source and the cup.

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Moroccan Tea Culture

Not only is Morocco one of the biggest tea importers in the world, but its tea culture is considered an art form. It’s believed that tea was first introduced to Morocco in the 18th century and began spreading throughout the country in the mid-1800s, when trade between North Africa and Europe was flourishing.  Today, Morocco

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English Afternoon Tea Time

This is the first of a series of blogs that take you on a little tour of tea ceremonies and traditions around the world.

Today, let’s start with a country famous for her tea time since the 18th century: The United Kingdom. 

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