I love to prepare and serve this tea to my kids on the freezing cold blizzardy-white-out days we get here in Calgary. The wind moves to the north-east and we get stuck in a weather pattern of bone chilling temperatures and lead grey, snow storms for three or four days at a time. Soul destroying in Province where we love our wide blue skies both in summer and winter.
Kukicha, or twig tea, is made by brewing the twigs and stems of the shrub Camellia sinensi, and I found it in Community Natural Food. As the twig is the part of plant where most growth occurs it is very nutrient dense. Twig tea has twice the vitamin C of oranges and six times more calcium than cows milk! It is also high in minerals such as iron, zinc and selenium and the micronutrient, theanine, beneficial flavonoids and catechins for which regular green tea is famed. We are talking strong bones, weight loss and great skin with this tea ladies and what works for you will be great for your kids.
In this recipe the steeped tea is enriched with pomegranate juice, full of antioxidants and orange juice for a double dose of Vitamin C. It is perfect to boost the immune system and ward off colds and flu.
This is definitely the beverage to replace a sugar laden, packaged hot chocolate with high fructose corn syrup marshmallows. Think about it!
- 4 cups water
- 1 ounce Kukicha
- 1 cinammon stick
- Juice of 1 freshly squeezed orange
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- Boil the water and steep the tea and cinnamon stick for 10 minutes in a teapot. Add in the orange juice and pomegranate juice and serve immediately.
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