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Herb Teas
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Want to know more about teas? Read on...

Tea types
Herbal teas aside, there are basically three types of teas. These include:

Black Tea. Black tea is the most common tea. As one type of tea, it's the only tea that undergoes withering (or dying), rolling (to ensure enzymes break down). Oxidation (or fermentation) and drying (to completely remove moisture).

Green Tea. Green tea results from a special steaming process after the process called withering. This will ensure  that the enzymes in teas are destroyed and that no oxidation takes place with the tea leaves.

Oolong Tea. The name of the oolong tea is certainly a most exotic name. This tea is processed in much the same way as black tea. However, the processes involved much shorter. Oolong tea leaves are also reddish. It also has a slight fruity flavor.

Others. As mentioned some herbs are actually made into teas simply by drying them. One of the most distinctive though is chamomile tea which is actually made from flowers and which has a subtle flavor.

Teas can be made from herbs and not from the tea leaves alone. Chamomile tea for instance is made from the dried flowers of the chamomile plant. In fact herb can be made from different aromatic and flavorful herbs as well. Here are two such herbs that can be made into refreshing beverages.

Rosemary
Rosemary (rosemarinus officinalis) is one of the most beloved herbs. It's aromatic smell has long been desired by cooks around the Mediterranean region, and as such, has been used in a variety of meat dishes. In particular, rosemary has been associated with chicken and lamb. Indeed, who hasn't heard of "Rosemary Chicken"?

Anyway, rosemary because of its smell has been used  for potpourri as well and a dozen other ideas all worthy of this much used herb. Moreover, it has been celebrated in song along with parsley, sage and thyme.

It's most frequently used part, is of course, the leaves. It is rubbed on the meat and the aroma and subtle taste allowed to flavor the meat. However, the leaves can also be used as a tea. Here’s a very simple recipe:

Rosemary Tea
2 tbsps. fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup boiling water
honey or sugar

Steep the rosemary leaves in the boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Sweeten with honey (or sugar if the former is unavailable) before serving.

Parsley
Parsley (petroselinum hortense) is, like rosemary, one of the most used herbs in the kitchen. In fact, almost every part of this herb is used in cooking and is used in making sauces, soups, salads and garnishing.

It is also used along with other herbs in making what is known as an herb bouquet? What is an herb bouquet? Herb bouquets are a combination of herbs that is used to flavor soups and stews. There are a number of herbs combination for this, although it usually consists of parsley, celery leaves, an onion and thyme.

Believe it or not, parsley like rosemary can be made into an invigorating tea as well. No doubt, the pungent taste (and smell) of this herb is a good, wake-upper. Here’s the recipe:

Parsley Tea
2 tsps. fresh parsley leaves
1 cup boiling water
honey or sugar

Steep the parsley leaves in the boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Sweeten with honey (or sugar if the former is unavailable) before serving.

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