At Pure Alchemy, Cronulla acupuncture clinic, we’re big on keeping our cool on these hot summer days. Teas like this come from a long cultural heritage of cultivation, growing and enjoying! Chinese Tea is drunk extensively in China and throughout the world. In significant areas of East Asia, it is not only a beverage, but part of everyday life.
Chinese tea comes from a species of plant know as Camelia Sinensis; which grows in well drained soils of China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Korea, and some parts of Africa.
There are many varieties of teas. They include green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea, and puerh tea. A lot of these teas get their distinctions from how they ferment, and how they are processed.
All of these teas contain thousands of compounds including some which can be classified as vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids.
Culinary experts and Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the different varieties of teas hold different properties.
So What Tea For Summertime?
Green tea is considered to be cooling, bitter and sweet in nature and thus it is a good option to consume in summertime.Once tea leaves are picked, they quickly begin to oxidise. For green tea, oxidation is halted by applying heat. This is done through steam or from pan-frying.
Chilled Green Tea Refreshing Recipe
On a hot Summers day, a nice glass of chilled green tea with lime and mint can be refreshing. What an alternative to a sugary carbonated drink!
Select a milder variety of green tea, or one to your liking. There are many varieties of green tea, but one of my favourites is Jasmine Green Tea.
Steep the green tea in a pot and allow to cool.
Add honey if desired.
Pour into a jug and add cold water to mix to your desired strength.
Squeeze the juice of 2 limes
Add a couple of sprigs of mint leaves
Stir and serve.