10 Weird Types of Teas You Didn’t Know Existed
The types of teas you drink depends on its purpose and usually, it’s for health reasons or for a caffeine fix. Teas are offered in a variety of types. These types range from sweet to bitter, and everything in between. As the number of tea drinkers increasing in numbers, there have been many different variations of teas hitting the market.
What makes this tea odd to many people is the blue color that you get when you brew these leaves. The reason for the color is simple…it is made from dried butterfly pea flowers that are found in Thailand. The taste is flowery, which many people offset with a dash of lemon, which many says turns the tea purple.
This tea is made from a new mutant varietal that was discovered. The leaves and buds on the plant are purple in color, giving this tea its name. This is one tea that you either love or hate. The tea has a very floral taste to it, which is not uncommon with teas. However, this tea is often categorized as being too floral. However, it is an expensive tea that all tea drinkers should try at least once.
This tea is almost like drinking a bowl of soup in a teacup; however, it is classified as a savory tea. With the tomato being the main taste component, the mint adds just a nip of weirdness to the mix.
One of the first things noticed about this tea is the name, after all, it is named after a very popular breed of dog in the United States. However, this tea is brewed from an evergreen shrub that is found in North America. While it may be a weird name, it has an abundance of health benefits such as treating colds, hangovers, problems with the kidney or liver, as well as helping with headaches. The tea is rich in Vitamin C. The taste is spicy, with a very earthy aroma. However, be careful with this tea. Too much of this and it can cause indigestion and vomiting.
This tea was designed to be medicinal when it is drunk. It has a super number of antioxidants in it to give numerous nutritional benefits to the drinker. Taste-wise, it is very strong. Many people seep this tea with others to make for a better taste.
While there are many teas out there that are packaged to help sell them to offer comfort, most people do not realize that Comfrey Tea was probably the first tea that really offers these calming benefits. This is made from a yin herb in China that has been used for years to help calm the body. It has even been shown to help with the health of the skin!
This tea is for those who love the taste of maple, as this is the dominating flavor tasted in this tea. It is a black tea that has a strong maple taste to it, so much so that it does not require more sugar to make sweet. This was created in Canada, but has recently started to make the rounds in other areas of the world for its unique taste!
This type of tea is just a spin on some of your beloved tea flavors out there. The only difference is that companies are adding in carbonation to make these teas bubble. For many tea drinkers, this is too far out there. However, others have given it a try and find it to be a different way to drink tea.
If you were to go to Scandinavia, you would find that Cloudberry Tea is normal. However, in most other areas of the world, this has not been heard of. The Cloudberry has a very soft taste, a unique smell and adds a very different aftertaste to the tea.
It is the beauty of this tea that makes is weird for many people. This tea is made from green or white tea, but the leaves are wrapped in several layers, then put into the cup to unfurl later, as though the tea is blooming. The taste of this tea varies, per whatever leaves are being used.
I have had the cloudberry jam and many of the blooming teas
Cloudberry tea is easy to make if you have access to cloudberry bushes. Try picking the leaves at the same time you're picking the actual berries. Although, why not come back and get the leaves later?
To make a good tea it is preferable that you pick the leaves when there is dry weather so that the leaves aren't unnecessary wet.
Dry the leaves spread out in a newspaper. It needs to be an airy and preferably dark place.
Mix around the leaves occasionally until the leaves are completely dry. The faster they dry, the better.
The leaves are perfect when you can crumble them between your fingers. Store them in cans.
The taste comes to its full potential if you crumble the leaves just as you are about to use them, so if you're able; store them whole.
What You Can Make If You Have Cloudberry Jam
The golden ingredient for your cloudberry jam adventures!
If you've made lots of cloudberry jam or even bought the jam there are many absolutely mouthwatering dishes you can do with it.
There are many nice cloudberry jams available in well-stocked stores. It's plan B if you aren't able or don't have the time to go out and pick the berries yourself.
I think that cloudberry jam is quite expensive, but it's worth it. The flavors that emerge when you add some cloudberry jam to a dish is unbelievable.
The reason cloudberries are expensive is that they are difficult to cultivate.
So almost every berry on the market has been handpicked by people who make a living by picking berries. By hand, without machines...so the effort they put into picking these nuggets of gold is tremendous.
The berries like it are moist and damp. They grow best on mosses and marshes. So you have to be prepared to go out there if you're planning on picking some cloudberries.
We've written an article about the hunt for cloudberries where we cover where they grow and how to find them.
Here are a few recipes that include cloudberry jam that I recommend you try!
We also recommend a delicious jam in our page Recommended By Care Omnia: Cloudberries if you're interested in buying the jam to test out these fantastic recipes.
Follow these simple directions and you'll soon reap the benefits Blooming tea can deliver.
A large pot or tea kettle you can boil hot water in.
4 cups of water.
One blooming tea ball.
A heat-resistant glass teapot or tempered glass pitcher or clear mug (borosilicate glass recommended). For best flavor and blooms we recommend a teapot with a volume capacity under 40 oz / 1200 ml (larger capacity teapots may cause the tea flower to float on the surface and may weaken the flavor).
(Sugar or sweetener is optional)
Flowering Tea Brewing Instructions
Remove the tea bloom from its sealed packaging and place the tea ball in your empty glass mug or glass teapot.
Heat fresh filtered water to 180° (water boils at 212° F, so your water doesn't need to be boiling before removing it from the heat).
(Note: keep in mind that boiling water too long will deplete the water of oxygen necessary for flavor extraction.)
Place the tea flower pod in the bottom of the teapot or mug and pour hot water 3-4 inches above it to allow the flower to fully bloom.
Watch the tea bloom unfurl from its tiny ball into a beautiful flower. This usually takes 3-10 minutes. Stir tea gently to even flavor before drinking.
If you used a tea pitcher or glass pot, simply pour your tea directly into your mug and add sweetener if desired. If you steeped your flowering tea bloom in the mug, carefully remove the hot tea bloom and set aside. (This can be used 2 to 3 more times).
It's important to remove the tea bloom from your pitcher if you don't drink it all, because if you leave the flowering bloom in contact with the hot water for too long it can change the taste and usually makes it tastes too bitter.
Note: Tea flowers may be stored for additional brewing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours (remove water).
I have never heard of Purple Beauty Tea and I have to say yuck to Tomato Mint!