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Canadian Spring Welcome

It’s always exciting to watch our garden begin to come alive with the lilacs in bloom and the trees beginning to leaf and flower. I can’t wait for the warm spring mornings to drink my first cup of tea for the day on the patio. I try different kinds of tea during the day, but my first one is always English Breakfast – with milk, of course!

There are three primary types of tea: black, oolong and green. However, a fourth type is beginning to join the ranks, white tea. Of course there are hundreds of varieties of flavored and scented teas. Another type of “tea” are the tisanes or infusions, which are flowers, leaves, roots and flowers from other trees or bushes. These contain no real tea leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, so they should be called tisanes and not tea. All “real” tea will have caffeine, while tisanes are caffeine-free.

Tea Tip of the Week:
Always keep tea stored in a dry, cool, and dark place, away from sunlight and heat.
Never freeze or store tea in the refrigerator.