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Oh Hibiscus! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. hot, cold, spicy and tipsy!

By far the most frequently asked question about our new Organic Hibiscus Flower Tea is, “How do I prepare this stuff?” So I thought I’d send a few recipes your way. Don’t be limited by these suggestions. Use this as a jumping off point for your own culinary creations. The Basic: Hot Tea: Put 2 or 3 whole dried blossoms in a teapot with filter. Add 8 ounces of boiling (or near boiling) water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. WARNING :) This will be very sour....

DIY Chai

With Thanksgiving Day this week and the temperatures dropping, I started thinking about chai. All those hearty spices and the classic Thanksgiving meal are a flavor combination made in heaven. I receive a lot of requests to add chai to our product line up. So far I’ve resisted. But don’t get me wrong I love a nice cup of chai on a cold winter day. But I’m not a big fan of pre-fab tea blends and you probably already have everything you need to make...

The 'Eyes' Have It.

A customer asked me recently for advice about how to make sure your water is at the right temperature. Honestly, these days an electric tea kettle with an accurate thermometer is inexpensive and easy to find. That’s what I use. Alternately just use any kitchen thermometer, the same instant-temp thermometer you may have for checking meat temperature will work fine or a candy thermometer But when all else fails, the Chinese tea classics tell us the proper way to judge water temperature by eye.  The Record...

Dried White Mulberry Granola

I think our organic dried white mulberries are pretty awesome just as they are.  (You can read more about why I think they make such a great snack and grab a 30% discount here.)   But recently, I found this Mulberry Granola Recipe on the website “Elana’s Pantry” and I can’t seem to get enough of it. My body seems to be telling me I need this. Not only is it super-tasty but virtually every ingredient is a superfood, including; dried white mulberries, walnuts, cinnamon...

How to brew the perfect cup of tea!

There is no one right answer.One of the most personally satisfying aspects of my tea business is empowering people to take charge of their own health. One key is listening to your body. That includes listening to what your body is saying every time you brew a cup of tea. How much you enjoy that cup of tea will be directly proportional to how well it meets the needs your body is expressing right then. Make sense? The BasicsThe best I can do is provide...

The Longevity Diet

A new Article in the July issue of the research journal, Cell Metabolism has human longevity researchers excited. The Thought Process Behind the Study: Researchers at the Longevity Institute at The University of Southern California observed that alternating nutrient rich diet with fasting extended the life spans of some microorganism. Prior research has established that fasting in humans promotes metabolic and cellular changes that reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism and enhance cellular protection. Furthermore intermittent fasting has beneficial effects on insulin, glucose,...

Dandelions - The Tasty Weed!

This time of year dandelions are in bloom in many parts of the country. They always remind of two things, my big sister and one of my favorite herbal teas. My sister, is three years my senior. That’s a perfect age difference for me to drive her crazy our entire childhood. She got stuck babysitting me far more than she would of liked and when she wasn’t babysitting, I was following her around anyway.She’s a pretty awesome big sis, but once in a while she...

Mulberry Matcha French Toast! Seriously??? - Yep, seriously good!

I thought I’d mix things up this week by sharing a recipe with you. Last Saturday was my wedding anniversary and I decided to surprise my blushing bride with breakfast in bed. OK, it wasn’t much of a surprise. First, I cook a lot and, second, I’m a noisy cook. But, hopefully I got points for effort. Usually, on special occasions I’m a “calories-smalories, let’s indulge ourselves” kind of guy. But my sweetie gave birth recently and she’s trying to eat more responsibly. I decided...

Jiaogulan Smoothie Recipe

Not long ago I made a video on brewing jiaogulan. I did not leave it on line because I felt it was too long and I don’t really like myself on video much anyway. In that video I mentioned purely as an aside that I put jiaogulan in my morning smoothie. To my surprise, one of the top questions I received from the video was, “What’s your smoothie recipe?” So here its. I should not even call this a “Jiaogulan” smoothie since you can’t really...

Tea Brewing Tips

You'll find any number of tea experts who will tell you the "right" way to brew tea. They are, by definition, wrong because your mood, the time of day, the kind of water and even the tea will be different for you than it was for them. Even the same tea will vary from batch to batch as the weather and season of picking changes. Experiment with brewing your tea. Try it several different ways varying the ratio of tea to water, the temperature of...