Why do we drink Afternoon Tea? »

Afternoon tea has become an increasingly popular way to celebrate a special occasion or get together with friends - whether at home using Granny's best china or in a swanky hotel.

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Tea and Food Pairings »

Tea Food PairingsMatching tea with food.

There are so many different wonderful flavours of teas from all around the world that the different permutations of pairing with food are endless. Perhaps the best example is that of wines and food, but it is worth keeping in mind that matching teas with food is very much an evolving art and as with most things, is very much down to personal taste.

That said however, there are some general guidelines beginning to emerge that might be of some help and here are some suggestions to consider below.

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Jenier World of Teas at Hopetoun House »

Hopetoun HouseWe're really pleased to announce you can now buy our teas at the new Hopetoun House Farmshop which opened last Friday! The shop is amazing - we went through to take our teas and were so impressed. The farm shop looks so clean and modern, yet very inviting with lots of space to move around and peruse the products. There is a whole array of really fantastic Scottish fine foods, and the butchers counter is second to none!

There's lots of events going on too, such as cookery demonstrations and tea tastings too, so if you go along to their website you can sign up to be notified of events.

Hopetoun House Farm Shop

The shop's open 7 days a week and the opening hours are as follows:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

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Ginger root or stem? »

Ginger - root or stem?Ginger is often mistaken as being a root, when in fact it's actually an underground stem from a tropical herb plant Zingiber Officinale. After the fall of the Roman Empire ginger nearly disappeared completely in Europe, however its renewed favour is often said to be thanks to Marco Polo's trip to the Far East.

A world wide spice

Ginger grows best in tropical lowlands and forests requiring hot, humid and shady conditions and can be found growing in China, India, Jamaica, Nigeria and Australia. Ginger is used throughout the world for its medicinal properties and also as a pungent spice in foods. At various points throughout history, ginger was a much coveted but very expensive spice only available to wealthier members of society. One very wealthy lady, Queen Elizabeth l of England is credited with the invention of the 'gingerbread man' that became a very popular Christmas treat.

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Beans in your tea? »

Cacao beans in your teaCacao beans are used in the making of chocolate, but also are often used as an ingredient and provide a wonderful chocolate taste when infused with teas.

Cacao beans are actually seeds from the fruit of the Theobroma Cacao Tree. The fruit is a pod that turns a yellow/orange colour when ripe, grows to about 15 - 30cm in length and about 8 - 10 cm in width. Each pod contains between 20 -60 seeds or 'beans' as they are often called.

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Almond, the mighty nut »

Almond, the mighty nutWell, botanically speaking almonds are actually stone fruits related to the cherry, the plum and the peach. They grow on trees about 30ft high and look like an elongated peach with a hard green/gray husk.

An almond orchard in the springtime is something to behold as the white blossom on and off the trees mimics a winter covering of freshly fallen snow.

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What's all this about green tea? »

What's all this about green tea?Over the years more and more scientific research has been made into the health benefits offered by all types of tea. However, it seems every week a new report is released about the most recent study concerning green tea.

The main reason for such interest is the fact green tea is high in antioxidants (polyphenols), often referred to as ECGC or catechins, and it is their abundance that provides us with some specific health benefits.

Green tea and body fat.

Whilst the reported health benefits of green tea are many, one of the more topical is the suggestion that consuming between 3 - 5 cups a day can help you 'loose weight.' The good news for many of us is the results from these studies suggest green tea and indeed other teas too like White and Oolong Tea, may help you to boost your metabolism and burn body fat, but the actual increase in calories burned on a daily basis are only about 80 calories. Experts agree the idea should not be to 'lose weight' as such, but to burn excess body fat and increase muscle using a combination of regular healthy eating, weights and exercise . However, as part of your healthy lifestyle, it appears drinking 3-5 cups of green tea a day may help you even if just a little!

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Is Matcha really that good? »

Matcha Tea

We've all heard and read about how good green tea is for us, but Matcha is reported to take this goodness to a whole new level?

What is Matcha?

Traditionally from Japan, Matcha is the name given to tea leaves that have been pulverised into a fine powder, indeed so fine that when you drink it (or use it in other ways) you actually consume the leaves too. The variety of leaves traditionally used to produce Japanese Matcha is pure Gyokuro leaves which have been shaded beneath special mats for 3 weeks prior to plucking.

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