Warm Apple Cider
Seasonal Blend - Available Fall and Winter OnlyShanti's Warm Apple Cider blend features premium organic green oolong (Iron Goddess) combined with sweet organic apples and a touch of spicy ginger giving a refreshing lift to your cup and a lovely compliment to any meal. Apples pleasantly mingle with the toasty flavors of oolong reminding of an apple cider. Try it with added honey for more flavor to mingle. Enjoy this warming tea by the fire, in the afternoon on a cool fall day or with any apple dessert! Try it with added rum if you fancy!
Oolong tea*, apple pieces*, ginger*, natural essences (*organic )
|Serving Size: 2.5g /cup|
|Steeping Temp: 80°C|
|Steeping Time: 3 mins.|
|Grade or Quality: Leaf|
|Aroma: Toasted nuts, apples, fruity|
|Infusion Aroma: Fruity, apple, nutmeg|
|Infusion Color: pale amber|
|Infusion Strength: Medium-light|
Story, Folklore, History
There’s nothing quite so comforting as the scent and taste of warm, spiced apples on a cold fall day. Whether in a pie, a sauce, or contained in a mug as delicious organic tea, these scent and flavor sensations have become synonymous with comfort for much of the world’s northern populations.
As proven by their long-term mythical associations – like Eve and the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, for instance, generally associated in Western Thought with a round, red apple – apples have been gracing humanity’s tables in many forms for thousands upon thousands of years.
Iron- and stone-age hunter gatherers already knew about this sweet treat, including preservation methods such as slicing and sun-drying. Several thousand years ago, mankind learned the secret behind growing apple strains that had proved reliably delicious and that they wanted to keep around: grafting.
Believe it or not, the apples we know and love today are actually rarities – the much more common variety is the well-known but unloved crabapple (a member of the wild rose family), which is what any apple seed from a grocery store fruit is likely to grow into. In order to keep strains true, cultivators must harvest buds from mature trees and graft them onto the cut stumps of regular crabapple stock, will they will attach and produce the apple of the chosen bud.
Since this technology was discovered, apples have become a mainstay of human eating. They are associated with feasts, as in the apple that goes in the mouth of the roast boar. Shakespeare mentions them as a delicacy, though he calls them by the more prosaic name of “pippins.” And Aphrodite won the golden apple from Paris in a beauty contest whose only entrants were goddesses … thereby awarding him Helen of Troy and starting one of the most storied and epic battles of all time: the Trojan War…