- Serving Size: 2.5g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 100°C
- Steeping Time: 5 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: Egypt
- Caffeine: Caffeine Free
Fennel seed is a spice that is widely used in cooking and baking by almost all culinary traditions of the world. It is an important ingredient of curry powders, spice mixtures, pickles, herbal teas, sausages and even breads. The flavor is similar to that of anise and licorice, with a spicy fresh aroma and a sweet taste. Fennel is sometimes wrongly called anise. Fennel is considered stabilizing to all constitutions and as a remedy for easing digestion. Fennel seeds can be used to make a potent and strong-smelling tea. The tea tastes a little like licorice, with a relaxing scent and slightly bitter aftertaste. Ancient remedies called for the use of fennel tea to treat insomnia, to relieve bad breath or to relax digestive muscles and relieve constipation. Drinking some fennel tea will help cleanse your body and move toxins through your system. Simple Fennel Tea In a teapot, steep the fennel seeds in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes, depending on desired strength. Strain and serve.
Story, Folklore, History...
Fennel is most commonly used Asia and the Mediterranean region. It was well known to the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans. Fennel is traditionally used in carminative and digestive medicine. The Latin word “foeniculum,” or “little hay” and is said to describe fennel’s feathery leaves, but may also describe a traditional use of feeding it to the goats to increase the quantity and fat content of their milk.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Base flavor: Sweet
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From the Shanti Tea Canada Blog
How to make the perfect masala chai - by Safiya Motala
If you walk into any Indian family kitchen and ask for the recipe for perfect masala chai, it is guaranteed that you will never get the same answer twice. There is no hard rule for this beverage, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t easy guidelines to follow.
First things first, chai means tea. If you say “can I have some chai tea”, you’re essentially saying “can I have some tea tea”. What you likely mean to say is masala chai (as in, tea with a blend of spices). Masala is the Indian term for a mixture of spices.
Masala chai was around far before tea made it’s way to India. Some date the history up to 9000 years ago! Before the 1930’s when tea was introduced to the Indian market, masala chai was simply a blend of spices infused for medicinal properties in Ayurveda and did not contain any tea.
If you want to make your own traditional style masala chai from home, there are only a few things you will need:
- Milk (you can...