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The Story of Tea


Tea is a universally popular and quite aromatic beverage most often prepared by steeping or soaking in boiled water the cured, dried, oxidised, fermented, or ground, leaves of the Camellia Sinensis tree, an evergreen bush native to East Asia. Apart from water, tea is the most popular drink for humans.

The Tea plant is native to the borderlands of north Burma and southwest China. The habit of drinking tea is believed to have started during the Shang Dynasty in in the Yunnan region of China, where it was taken for medicinal purposes.

Later it is thought that Sichuan, residents began to boil tea leaves for consumption into a concentrated liquid without the addition of other leaves or herbs, and so started using tea as a stimulating drink, as opposed to purely as a medicinal treatment.

Two principal varieties of the tea plant are grown in plantations for tea beverages: Camellia sinensis is used for most Chinese and Japanese teas, and a sub-species, Camellia assamica, is used in most Indian teas (except Darjeeling which uses the original Camellia sinensis).

Within these two botanical tea varieties, many strains and varieties of tea exist. Leaf size is the main basis for the classification of tea plants, with the three key classifications being; China type, characterised by the smallest leaves; Assam type, characterised by the largest leaves; and a Cambodian type, characterised by medium sized leaves.

Many different types of tea have evolved by varying degrees and methods of treatment of the tea leaves; some teas, such as Chinese green teas, and Darjeeling have a slightly bitter, and astringent flavour, while other teas have quite different profiles including sweet, nutty, floral or grassy.

During the centuries, a variety of different techniques for processing tea leaves, and a range of different forms of tea, were developed. In the Tang dynasty, tea was steamed, then pounded and shaped into cake form, while in the Song dynasty, loose-leaf tea was developed and became popular. During the Yuan and Ming dynasties, unoxidized tea leaves were first pan-fried, then rolled and dried, a process that stops the oxidation process that turns the leaves dark, thereby allowing tea to remain green. In the 15th century, oolong tea, in which the leaves were allowed to partially oxidize before pan-frying, was developed. Western tastes, later, favoured the fully oxidized black tea, and so the leaves were allowed to oxidize further. Yellow tea was an accidental discovery in the production of green tea during the Ming dynasty, when apparently poor control practices allowed the leaves to turn yellow, but yielded a different flavour as a result.

Green tea was known as the “healthiest” form of tea due to its lack of processing, resulting in extremely high nutrient levels. However the ancient Buddhist monks in Japan went one better with Matcha Tea, by grinding the leaves to a powder and because the entire leaf is ingested in a powder form, it is the most potent green tea available.
In Japanese “cha” means tea, and “ma” means powder, thus the word matcha translates literally as powdered green tea. It is believed that the very first green tea seeds were brought to Japan from China by Eisai (1141-1215), the founder of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, in 1191 A.D., who planted them on the temple grounds in Kyoto. Eisai encouraged the cultivation of tea trees, and his Kissa yojoki (Health Benefits of Tea), tied tea-drinking to longevity and launched tea in Japan on a large scale.

Kombucha Tea is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture. The resulting brew can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what type of tea you use. It’s not what you’d imagine fermented tea to taste like.
The exact origins of Kombucha Tea have become lost in the mists of time. It is thought to have originated in the Far East, probably China, and has been consumed there for at least two thousand years. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as “The Tea of Immortality”

Masala Chai Tea is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices, and herbs. Originating in India, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. Although traditionally prepared by a  concoction of green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves, retail versions include tea bags for infusion, instant powdered mixtures, and concentrates

Many Western commercial preparations now also use non-traditional ingredients such as vanilla or chocolate, relegating the traditional masala spices to a relatively minor role.

Herbal tea usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs made without using the tea plant, such as steeps of rosehip, chamomile, or rooibos. These are not teas, they better called tisanes or herbal infusions to prevent confusion with real tea which is made from the leaves of the tea plant.

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Foods to fight Cancer- Matcha Tea


Organic Matcha Supreme Tea Powder 30g

Organic Matcha Supreme Tea Powder – 30g

Ceremonial grade Matcha Tea, if is organically grown, is one of the best foods to fight cancer. It is very high in antioxidants because it uses the whole of the tea leaf. These leaves are picked from the first flush of fresh tiny leaves, which is shade grown, and then stone ground into a very fine powder.

Foods to fight Cancer- Matcha Tea

Not all antioxidants are created equal. Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties.
Brewed Green tea is particularly rich in EGCg compounds, with about four times more EGCg than black tea. However Ceremonial grade Japanese Matcha Green Tea contains around 3 times more EGCg than tradition brewed green tea. So high quality Matcha teas are Foods to fight Cancer .

Drink it daily, if you want a food to fight cancer,  but do choose  a Match tea powder that is Certified Organic and 100% Japanese and then only ceremonial grade from the first flush crop of the season, from the famous southern Japanese tea plantations.

NB: (Many Matcha tea products are blended with late season inferior crops, or milled in metal grinders that are not as finely ground or most often even blended with cheap Chinese Matcha teas that are not grown & processed under the same health standards. Read how to recognise the grade and quality of Match Tea at www.peptea.com.au)

 

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Finom Lavosh Flatbread for Gourmet Gift baskets and Corporate Gifts


Finom Black Pepper lavosh for Gourmet Gifts

Finom Black Pepper lavosh for Gourmet Gifts

Flatbred crackers in a gourmet lavosh from Finom make a great addition to a party for dips and also for cheese or mixed platters.

Try our Finom brand Black Pepper Gourmet Lavosh flatbread for your  corporate gifts and gourmet baskets and as well as an office Christmas function or simple home party for easy finger food function.

Black Pepper flavour lavosh is not actually hot or spicey. It has just a touch of black pepper to add a tiny amount of taste. You will love this with your cheeses and its basically a plain cracker for your dips.

Finom Lavosh is idea for Cheese platters and dips and a interesting addition to a gourmet gift basket.  Buy Finom brand Lavosh online from our parent company online store of wholesaler Opera Foods.

#finom #gourmetlavosh #lavosh #lavoshcrackers #cheeseplatters #dips #gourmetgifts #giftbaskets #corporategifts #operafoods #flatbread #pepper #blackpepper



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Fig & Apricot Bircher Muesli Recipe


Fig & Apricot Bircher muesli with yogurt and a berry coulis

Fig & Apricot Bircher muesli with yogurt and a berry coulis

Fig & Apricot Bircher muesli with a berry coulis fresh fruit and Yogurt is a very health easy breakfast based on the Bircher muesli recipe made famous by Dr Bircher’s health muesli.

The Plum Foods brand Fig & Apricot Muesli already comes pre-mixed with organic oats some dried fruits and healthy pesticide free Australian Almonds, so you have Dr Birchers Muesli when you simply add milk. However, this recipe calls for some extra fresh fruit and a bigger dollop of protein rich yogurt.

See the recipe at Opera Foods

https://www.operafoods.com.au/Fig-Apricot-Bircher-Muesli-with-Yogurt-Berry-Coulis

#fig&apricotbircher #bircher #birchermuesli #plumfoods #bircherrecipe #yogurt #freshfruit



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Harris Farm Markets New Flagship Store Cooks Hill


 

Harris Farm Markets Cooks Hill Street view

Harris Farm Markets Cooks Hill Street view

Harris Farm Markets 21 stores have been long term stockist of Bush Cookies particularly Freckle Bickies, Choc Chip Cookies, Salted Caramel Creams and Passionfruit Creams.
This month Harris Farm Markets opened a new flagship store at Cooks Hill NSW, moving their Newcastle store from Glendale to Cooks Hill. Read the full  review of Harris Farm Markets exciting new complex at Cooks Hill, on Opera Foods website

You will love shopping at this new concept market
#harrisfarmmarkets #bushcookies #frecklebickies  #ChocChipCookies #SaltedCaramelCreams #PassionfruitCreams #cookshill



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Harris Farm Markets New Cook Hill Store Newcastle


Harris Farm Markets Pep Tea brand Organic kombucha tea

Harris Farm Markets Pep Tea brand organic kombucha tea

Harris Farm Markets have moved their Newcastle store from Glendale to a huge new multi faceted market place in Darby St, Cooke Hill, an inner Newcastle NSW suburb.

The new complex is a breath of fresh air and includes a cafe and florist/nursery, plus a fish market, a butchery, a bakery, a milk bar, extensive deli shelves with a massive cheese selection and wonderful decor though out the old warehouse conversion.

Please read the full review at Opera Foods Gourmet and Organic news food blog. Through Our parent company Opera Foods, we are a long term supplier to Harris Farm Markets and proud to be associated. We are also glad to see the extent to which Harris Farm Markets deliberately support other local producers and grocery manufacturers instead of oppressing them like the major supermarkets do.

#harrisfarmmarkets #peptea #operafoods #harrisfarmcookshill #harrisfarmnewcastle #organickombucha #kombucha

 

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Sugar Content of Popular Cereal Products


Maple Nut Crunch from Plum Foods

Maple Nut Crunch from Plum Foods

#plumfoods shows that sugar content #sugarcontent, of some popular cereals and breakfast foods is quite alarming, as many have a lot of sugar added. Some that have dried fruit have naturally occuring sugars from the fruit, but that alone usually wont get you over 15% sugar content. Read the full article on Opera Foods lists and compares many of the popular Products (0ver 30% sugar) with gourmet brands Plum Foods #maplenutcrunch and Mulberry Tree, #mulberrytree (ranging from only 8.9% to 13.1%)



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Why Oaten Porridge is an Easy Healthy Breakfast


Porridge an easy healthy breakfast

Porridge with nuts and raisins

A recent article on Opera Foods blog  explains in detail why porridge is an easy healthy breakfast. The explanation of different types of rolled oats, the nutritional value of oats and different recipes to prepare porridge for different dietary needs. Porridge can be a high energy diet or a high protein diet. Read here, why porridge is an easy healthy .

#easyhealthybreakfast #porridge #rolledoats #operafoods #highenergy #highprotein



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Fast Chili Lime Almonds



Crunchy pan-toasted almonds with hints of spicy chili and zesty lime – these are positively addictive! So quick, easy, and healthy too! 10 minutes Ingredients Vegan, Gluten free ∙ Makes 2 cups Produce 1 tbsp Cilantro Condiments 1 tbsp Lime juice, fresh Baking & spices 1 tsp Chili powder 1 tsp Salt Oils & vinegars …



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Free Sample Pep Tea Organic Kombucha – IGA Wentworth Point


Come down to the new IGA Market Central supermarket at Wentworth Point, located at 1 Burroway Road, right opposite the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf for sampling this weekend.

IGA Market Central are opening a massive new supermarket with an enormous continental deli. The supermarket not only includes a bakery, butchery and full continental deli but also  includes 4 other complimentary stores within including a Cafe,  and a  bottle shop. A gourmets delight.

Pep Tea are just one of the many gourmet food suppliers sampling the products that are stocked in the huge deli. We welcome you to try one of our four exciting new organic kombucha tea drinks.

Pep Tea kombucha is a refreshing change to many home style kombucha as it is brewed in a new purpose built kombucha brewery, where it is filtered after brewing making it low in sediment and naturally flavoured so its a refreshing drink that is actually good for you.  (Still retaining it properties of being high in antioxidants and probiotics as a health drink, yet very low in carbs and sugar).

Jon Doumbos with Aniko Silk sampling Pep Tea Kombucha

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