Picking Tea Leaves and Choosing Better Beverages for Back to School
Cindi Bigelow demonstrates how to pick tea
Cindi Bigelow picking tea at America’s only tea garden, the Charleston Tea Plantation. Photos Courtesy of Olsonography
As your children head back to school, they are going to need fresh resources for the many reports that they will need to write. Why not have them write about “How to pick tea leaves?” I had a chance to learn tea leaf picking when I won a trip from Bigelow Tea to Charleson, SC, for writing “Around Grandma’s Table.“ I was fortunate enough to visit with Cindi Bigelow, President of Biglow tea and her parents David and Eunice Bigelow, Co-Chairman and Co-CEOs. The Bigelow’s three generation commitment to their brand is one of the many reason I prefer Bigelow tea.
David and Eunice Bigelow, Cindi Bigelow
These are tea bushes:
Aren’t you surprised how low and orderly they are? I was expecting big bushes.
Tea does not normally grow in the US. Tea grows in mountainous areas like China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and Taiwan (Formosa). The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only tea garden in US. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe.
This is the part on the Camellia Sinensis tea plant that is picked and processed into tea:
Cindi Bigelow shows us the portion of the tea bush that needs to be picked to ensure proper tea quality
Two leaves and a bud. That’s what is needed. Pickers just snap off a 2 leaves and a bud. It seems like a breeze. But watch as Cindi Bigelow describes in the video the process of tea picking and plucking.
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Returning to School with Bigelow Tea
As parents and children start back for this new school year, let’s take a look at why it makes sense to choose tea as a beverage over soda.
Bigelow tea is a great alternative to soda and can be incorporated into every facet of your day. At breakfast, reach for a nice warm cup of Earl Grey or Constant Comment tea, maybe the kids would like a Vanilla Caramel tea instead? At snack time a nice Green tea with Pomegranate can be a flavorful treat. For lunch, an unsweetened ice tea provides cool refreshment. Iced tea is also a great solution when playing afternoon sports. Herbal teas taste great with dinner, dessert or right before bed.
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