Well hey there!
It’s Saturday – which means WEEKEND! For me it means MY DAYS OFF HAVE COME! And this weather is waaaay better than yesterday, soak up all that good Vitamin D sunshine goodness hey?
I took a walk down to the Farmers Market on my lunch break, which made for a great little stroll, came back, had an iced mocha and have been working away since then! What did you get up to today?
Today on the blog, I am going to be doing another Tea Culture segment.
For those of you who haven’t read the blog before or perhaps don’t know the order I work in, these are what each category means:
- Tea At A Glance features are when I choose to focus on a particular tea at Bean Around Books & Tea. I pick a tea, typically in no particular order that I feel like reviewing for you guys, and I chat about it! I talk about the smell, the taste, the ingredients ( I stress the importance of knowing what is exactly in your tea! Because who likes reading ingredients you don’t know how to pronounce? I know I don’t.). I include pictures of the tea so you will get to see what it looks like too.
- Tea Culture features are posts where I go in-depth on a particular type of tea and discuss all different aspects of it, including health benefits and origins. So for instance, my last Tea Culture post was all about the benefits of Green Tea – which you can find here: Tea Culture: Stay Healthy & Drink Green Tea
- Recipe features are a pretty self-explanatory category on the blog. I like to also include how you can incorporate teas and turn them into an ingredient for recipes! I also like to find recipes which you can add to teas, perhaps spruce up a cup of tea so you’re adding more than just your standard milk and sugar. A great example of this is my post on Spiced Drink Mix – which you can find here: Spiced Drink Mix
So, without further ado, I bring you today’s Tea Culture, focusing on Black Tea.
Growth & Origin
Black Tea, just like Green Tea, is grown from the camellia sinesis plant. The difference is that the leaves are steeped so that it creates a dark color, which is evident in the color of Black Tea (and also its name). In addition the tea leaves are mature dry and processed, which also gives the tea it’s dark color when steeped. All of this involves the process of oxidation. Black Tea is fully oxidized.
Much like Green Tea, Black Tea contains polyphenols, a special antioxidant that prevents cells from DNA damage, AKA free radicals.
Black Tea has been said to reduce the risk of:
- High Cholesterol
- Kidney Stones
- Parkinson’s Disease
And long – term consumption of Black Tea may prevent:
- Lung Cancer
*Keep in mind, most of these facts need further research to be proven but research is constantly being completed.
Black Tea, when drank plain, is very low in sodium, fat and calories – thus making a fantastic option for people looking to lose weight or maintain their weight. There have also been strong connections between consuming black tea and a decrease in cardiovascular disease.
Here at Bean around Books & Tea, we have a fantastic selection of Black Teas – some of which I have already discussed on the blog, including our Juicy Black Currant Tea & our Pumpkin Spice Tea. As always, our tea is available for purchase in store or online at: www.beanaroundbooks.com
That’s it for me folks! Hope the rest of your weekends are swell! Enjoy the beautiful weather ( well – at least here in BC) and drink a cup of black tea for me will ya?
Cheers! Lindsay 🙂