Here at Debonair Tea, we’re huge ginger lovers and seem to consume vast amounts of the stuff (fresh, ground, stem) in our tea and our food.
We’ve always known it makes us feel good but we’ve recently had our eyes opened to the fact that, from a health credentials point of view, ginger really is the original “super spice”.
It’s official; ginger, which has the fantastic scientific name of Zingiber Officinale, is one of the healthiest spices on the planet. It contains Gingerol, one of the substances that gives it its flavour and its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
This means that it is often used as a relief for exercise-induced muscle pain, the symptoms of osteoarthritis and menstrual discomfort. It has also been shown to protect from infection, and, as a diaphoretic, the consumption of ginger encourages perspiration, so it can be used in feverish conditions such as flu or colds.
As well as a treatment for nausea, and especially morning sickness, ginger is also used to treat chronic indigestion, with ginger being shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition. If you too want to indulge in the benefits of this wonder spice, ginger features in a couple of our current blends – Juicy Ginger and Masala Chai – both equally delicious.
It's an exciting week here at Debonair Tea Company HQ – our very first directly sourced tea is finally available to buy!
Darjeeling teas, and particularly the range produced at Glenburn, are absolute favourites of our co-founder and in-house sommelier, Louisa.
The name ‘Darjeeling’ literally means the ‘land of the thunderbolt’. The British acquired the land here in 1835, the first tea seeds were sown in 1839 and following bumper harvests, private growers had more than 2,000 plants growing in the area by 1853. It was not until 1856 that the first commercial tea garden was established.
Given that some of the very finest tea producing regions are seasonal so that the tea plant only grows in warmer temperatures, Spring is a very exciting time in tea production. Indeed, the plucking season in India, China, Japan and even Europe – including England’s Tregothnan tea gardens (pictured) – run from March through to November.
Following harvesting and processing, the very first of the new season’s tea leaves begin to make their way across the world from Asia in time for early summer.
It's been a lot of work behind the scenes but we are proud to finally be unveiling our latest offering - our high quality, Ceremonial Grade Japanese Matcha!
While we at Debonair Tea Co. enjoy all that the Japanese matcha tea ceremony has to offer, matcha has become quite the superfood darling in recent years and for good reason; it has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea!
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