June is National Iced Tea Month

9 June, 2009 (09:51)

RECIPES: Microwave Iced Tea, Hawaiian Iced Tea, Cherry Iced Tea, Iced Tea For Fifty

By Rae Udy

In Texas we celebrate iced tea all year round, but officially, June is National Iced Tea Month according to the Tea Council of America.
Research reveals the antioxidants in tea may inhibit cancer cell growth and support heart health and in a new UCLA study researchers reported drinking tea each day reduced the risk of stroke.
So its time to stretch out under the shade tree with a tall glass of something cold and refreshing to quench your thirst. These quick-to-make iced tea recipes are packed with nutrition and great taste.
Microwave Iced Tea is refreshing any day of the year but in summer really hits the spot. This iced tea is very low in calories with less than twenty per large glass and also provides a trace of protein, calcium, niacin, zinc and a fair amount of potassium with 85 mg. Easy to make and costing just pennies, use this ice tea as a beginning for the following iced teas.
Hawaiian Iced Tea will add some tropical flavor to your tea this summer and will cost you just 60 calories per large glass. Orange and lemon juice add zing and great taste and provide 115 percent of daily value needed for vitamin C per serving.
Cherry Iced Tea combines tea with cherry juice and low-fat milk to create a colorful and thirst-quenching shake-textured drink. This sweet treat is good enough for dessert but is a great source of calcium, vitamin A, B12, Riboflavin, and protein. This tasty tea contains only nine calories a serving and is fat-free while providing a trace of zinc and iron.
Having a party? Serve Iced Tea For Fifty at your next get together for refreshing good taste at low cost. Decaf teas are also available if you are avoiding caffeine.

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Comment from Kodjovi
Date: December 10, 2015, 12:59 pm

Green tea is made from the top two leaves and buds of a shrub, Camellia sinsneis, of the family Theaceace and the order Theales. This order consists of 40 genera of trees or shrubs that have evergreen leaves, flowers with five sepal or leaf-like structures and petals. The genus Camellia consists of 80 species of East Asian evergreen shrubs and trees. Besides the leaves, other ingredients may be added to create special scents or flavors during the drying process, such as jasmine, flowers, or fruits. The funny thing is that this is also where the black tea is taken from. The only difference between the green and the black tea is process in which they undergo in order to become tea. In the green variety, the leaves of the Camellia sinsneis is only dried, while in black tea, the plant is fermented.The tea plant originates in an area between India and China. There are three main varieties of this plant—China, Assam (in India), and Cambodia—and a number of hybrids in between. The China variety grows as high as 9 ft (2.7 m) and has an economic life of at least 100 years. The Assam variety is a tree that grows as high as 60 ft (18.3 m), with an economic life of 40 years dependent upon regular pruning and plucking. The 16 ft (4.9 m) high Cambodia variety is naturally crossed with other varieties.Iced Green Tea: Place 2 teabags of Green Chai Tea in a glass teapot and pour hot water (just off the boil) until the water covers the leaves. Add ice cubes to the pot. Pour 5/8 cup of cold water into the pot. Leave this to cool for a few minutes and voila you?ve got Iced Chai!Hot: Place one teabag in a mug or a tea infuser. Pour water just off the boil. Let this brew for 2-3 minutes and enjoy. You can enjoy the second brew and subsequent brews by adding some more fresh hot water. When brewing tea the second time, 1/3 brewing time is adequate because water has already penetrated into the leaves.

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