by Emeric Harney July 08, 2022 3 min read 1 Comment
Legend has it that tea was discovered by a Chinese emperor who, around 2700 BC, was purifying water under a tea tree when some leaves landed in the pot. The emperor, for whatever reason, drank the leaf-infused water and pronounced it delicious!
One has to wonder if the emperor didn’t then meander over to sit under a nearby lemon tree with his newly discovered vessel of tea where, lo and behold, a lemon slice fell in! It only makes sense that a lemon would naturally find its way into a cuppa. Tea and lemons are as natural a combo as peanut butter and jelly.
While we understand that not everyone is a fan of lemon in their tea or even lemon teas, there is no denying that adding lemon to your tea does have some health benefits. Lemons are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. When added to green teas which are also loaded with antioxidants, you get a double whammy of goodness. It’s also an easy way to sneak extra vitamin C into your day.
Low in calories and sugar, lemons are a great alternative to adding extra natural sweetness to your tea. And if you’ve been looking for ways to cut calories and fat from your diet, you might try ditching the milk or cream you add to your tea and use lemon instead for a new alternative. No, lemon juice isn’t creamy like milk, but you just might like the healthier change. And if you just can’t drop the milk/cream habit, don’t add lemon unless you like your milk curdled.
While you can try adding lemon to most any tea – and the rule around these parts is that if tea makes you smile, that’s all that matters – there are some that simply lend themselves well to being paired with lemon. Here are just a few.
If you prefer to have your lemon already built in, we can help you out! We offer many varieties of lemon teas, including these blends which feature lemon front and center:
However you decide to squeeze lemon into your tea ritual, we think you’ll find it just adds another layer of taste and elegance to your daily cuppa.
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July 12, 2022
Think tea with lemon and honey is used on stage for singing or public speaking.
Culturally, as I grew up, tea with lemon was the normal Saturday night ritual to go with the Sunday NY Times and snl tv. Wondered if it was a Russian Jewish heritage. (My mom was nostalgic about samovars as a gift for her mom.)Just sick days added honey. Special occasions added drinking from a glass with a sugar cube gripped in your teeth, which I failed at.
I did not think of using milk until a blue collar co worker enlightened me on tea as a meal.