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Steeping the Perfect Cup of Black Currant Tea is Easy
With its fruity flavor and many health benefits, black currant tea is a delicious choice for any time of day. Soothing and naturally sweet, this variety of tea is just one of the many premium flavors that can be found at Tea Forté.
A cup of calm in a busy world
Anyone who finds coffee a tad too stimulating would do well to replace one or more of their morning cups with a flowery and fragrant mug of Tea Forté currant tea. It does contain a moderate amount of caffeine, but currant tea has far less caffeine than the same size cup of coffee. The dark berry undertones of our currant tea create a gentle eye-opener to ease you into your busy day.
What is Black Currant?
The leaves and dried berries that are used to make currant teas come from a shrub that originated in Tibet. Now grown in northern Asia and central and northern areas of Europe, the black currant plant puts forth a fruit that looks similar to blueberries but is darker in color. These berries can be eaten as is or made into jams, jellies, syrups and juices. Traditionally, the leaves of this plant have been used in many medicinal preparations.
Health Benefits of Drinking Currant Teas *
Like all teas, brews made from currant leaves boast antioxidant properties. In particular, the leaves and berries contain tannins, anthocyanins, vitamin C and potassium.
Vitamin C is essential for immunity as well as collagen repair, making currant leaves a good choice for tea if you're suffering from an infection or injury. Potassium is generally thought of in relation to bananas, but its presence in this tea may have similar positive effects for heart health including lower blood pressure.
Anthocyanins are a phytonutrient found in deep red and blue berries, including dark currants. These are the same compounds that give red wine its purported benefits. The high antioxidant content of anthocyanins is believed to help your body fight inflammation. Drinking currant tea may also help protect against cancer, as these phytonutrients have been shown to inhibit the growth of abnormal cells. Antioxidants in general have been found to protect against cellular damage, keeping you healthier overall.
In European countries, the leaves of the currant plant are often used to fight colds, flu and fevers as well as to soothe sore throats and calm coughs. Other common uses include combating arthritis pain, dealing with digestive issues and as a diuretic.
Steeping Times and Techniques
To steep a cup of currant tea, place one teaspoon of leaves per cup into a tea infuser or tea ball. Alternatively, place one of Tea Forté's signature pyramid tea bags in a cup. Pour in water that has just been boiled and allow it to steep for three to five minutes. A large infusion of the tea can be made using ten grams of leaves in a full liter of water. This results in a big batch that can be enjoyed multiple times per day or over a period of several days.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease