Lavender Green Tea
Also Known As: Lavender Butterfly Tea, Green Tea with Lavender Flowers
Origin: Hunan and Tibet, China
Ingredients: Luxury Green Tea and Wild Lavender Blossoms
Type: Green Tea
Caffeine Content: Low
Taste and Aroma: Premium green tea with a floral and astringent finish. Lavender notes abound creating a tea for memories. The cup is exemplary with notes of sweet grass, moss and honey leading to a finish sprinkled with peach, and floral tones.
Number of Cups: 16oz = 200 cups tea; 4 oz = 50 cups tea, 1 oz = 11 cups tea
Preparation: Hot Tea: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180 F or 90 C. Place about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted.
Iced Tea: To make 1 liter/quart, place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
Uses: This tea can be used as the base for ice cream. Lavender tea is said to relieve indigestion, insomnia and help treat migraines. Green tea is full of antioxidants and may help lower bad cholesterol, while increasing good cholesterol.
Substitutes: Ceylon Black Tea, Hibiscus Rabak Herbal Tea Organic and Vanilla Chai Tea
Fun Fact: The children in the Himalayan lavender fields amuse themselves by trying to catch the many butterflies that are attracted to the fragrant flowers. This species of butterflies, known as Parnassius, are actually native and unique to the area alone.