Acai: can you pronounce it? We’ve heard everything from “ah-kay” and “ah-kai”, but it’s actually “ah-sigh-ee”! Well, however you say it, it sure makes a fantastic tea!
Featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray as the Best Flavored Green Tea, we really couldn’t agree more! The sweet citrus flavors of this tea make it a winner.
For us, there just can’t be summer without entertaining! Whether you’re hosting an elaborate dinner party or just have some friends hanging out, refreshments are a must-have.
Need a time out from the summer heat? So do we! Our iced Blueberry Superfruit (with a squeeze of lemon!) is how we like to treat ourselves when we need a break.
How do you make your iced tea?
As a tea drinker, you might wonder if tea leaves can be useful in your garden. Yes, you can give your plants a boost with tea and tea leaves! Tea leaves can be effectively used as both a fertilizer and a soil conditioner. For an additional benefit, use tea leaves in your compost pile.
From your tea bag to your plants:
Have some tea leftover? Give it to your plants! It will provide them with beneficial nutrients.
Reusing Tea Leaves for Fertilizer
Tea leaves are very rich in nitrogen and contain a lot of different micronutrients that will help enrich the soil. They are best used for houseplants, as you can easily add a small amount at a time.
Mix Lightly into Soil
Grind up your tea leaves, which helps with the breakdown of the leaves and releases the nutrients. Mix a small amount of the leaves into the top layer of the soil only.
Fertilize Every Few Months
As with any type of fertilizer, too much application can be harmful. When reusing tea leaves for fertilizing, you want to keep it to a schedule of about 2 tablespoons of tea leaves once every 3 to 4 months. Source.
From your garden to your teapot:
Not only can you add berries, fruit and citrus to your iced teas, but herbs like lemon verbena, peppermint, rosemary and lavender will also give it a nice twist.
Prepare the leaves by rubbing them between your fingers. This will bruise them and release their essential oils. For more information on tea-able flowers and herbs, go here.
Some tea & herb combinations:
Citrus Rosemary Herbal
Steep slices of orange, lime, lemon with sprigs of rosemary to make a light and citrusy treat. Add black tea—English Breakfast, for example—to give it more body.
Lime & Mint Green Tea
A delicious blend of fresh peppermint, green tea and lime juice makes a refreshing iced drink. Add sugar for a Moroccan iced tea experience, and garnish with sliced limes!
What’s your favorite thing(s) about summer? We want to hear and share some of our own. Check out our Summer Inspiration and Fourth of July boards on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/stashtea/
photo credit: Gourmande in the Kitchen
Here’s a refreshing summer drink from Gourmande in the Kitchen that packs an antioxidant punch! Pomegranate, blueberries and Matcha make quite the nutrient combination and the flavor is just amazing!
We recommend using Stash Tea Japanese Matcha Powdered Green Tea.
Great news…now through June 30, 2012 our Matcha is on SALE for $12 (reg. $18)!
Pomegranate, Blueberry, Matcha Tea Slushy
2 Tablespoons of high quality Matcha green tea powder
1 or 2 Tablespoons of raw honey or the sweetener of your choice (adjust sweetness to taste)
1 cup (140g) frozen blueberries
½ cup (120ml) 100% pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
200 g of ice cubes
Briskly whisk the 2 Tablespoons of Matcha powder into ½ cup of hot water. Add sweetener of choice and stir until completely incorporated. Set aside until cool.
Puree the frozen blueberries, pomegranate juice, prepared Matcha tea and ice cubes in a high powered blender until smooth.
This is equally delicious made into Popsicles, just fill a mold with the slushy mixture and freeze.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Number of servings: 4