May 2021: In celebration of World Tea Day on Friday the 21st of May, Libstar is sharing four delicious trends for tea enthusiasts, demonstrating how versatile and innovative tea continues to be. Interestingly, a recent trends feature by World Tea News, highlights how more consumers are seeking functional teas that do more for the mind and body. Consumers are also interested in experimenting with teas that have natural botanical blends that include antioxidant superfoods like Matcha and Rooibos.
When it comes to tea, the Libstar family has a diverse offering of unique products that cater to these tea drinking-trends. Khoisan Gourmet, a proudly South African leading Rooibos producer and a member of the Libstar family, has grown its indigenous herbal tea exports for nearly 20 years and is much loved worldwide.
“Khoisan Gourmet celebrates the time-honoured traditions of the Khoi and San, people renowned for living in harmony with the earth, operating in an environmentally sensitive manner to create this powerful herbal tea. We are inspired by their insight and skills and continue this tradition by responsibly and ethically crafting our innovative world-class range of quality natural products and packaging,” explains Andrew Bulwer, spokesperson for Khoisan Gourmet.
Try one of these four tea trends to celebrate World Tea Day:
1. Tea it up in the kitchen
If you’re only drinking your tea, you’re missing out on a world of delicious culinary opportunities, from risotto to soup; from smoothies to even ice cream toppings! Tea is classified as a superfood that is finding its way into kitchens for purposes other than drinking – people are enjoying cooking with it too. Swapping water with tea when boiling foods such as pasta, rice, risotto, oats, quinoa, grains or legumes, is an exciting way to experiment with various tea flavour profiles to suit the dish.
2. Try a tea cocktail
From sweet teas to tea martini’s restaurants are bars are using teas to create specialty cocktails and culinary delights, which not only create unique food flavours, but also offer health benefit. The Khoisan Gourmet Organic Honeybush from the Organic Classic Tea Range has a natural aromatic herbal infusion with fynbos floral notes and hints of honey-sweet, for a tasty cocktail option to explore.
3. Rooibos Herbal infusions as a form of therapy
Teas are infusing ingredients that are essential to their differentiation: flower buds and petals, spices, herbs, fruit leaves and peel, scents, extracts, and oil essences can infuse with tea to create products for healing and self-care purposes. “We recently launched the Rooibos Herbal Infusion Range, which boasts aromatic herbal infusions, crafted with a selection of handpicked and carefully sourced exotic ingredients to create flavours such as Rooibos Herbal: Chamomile & Lavender; Dandelion Root, Ginger, Turmeric & Mint; Lemongrass & Ginseng; Hibiscus, Elderberry & Echinacea,” adds Andrew Bulwer.
4. Cold brewing
According to avid tea experts, this year’s tea trend sees tea-lovers opting for a cold cup of tea, over the traditional hot drink with milk and honey or sugar. Cold brew tea is made by infusion only and can be garnished with mint leaves and fresh cuts of fruits such as lemons and pomegranates. Cold brews are easier on the stomach and have a cleaner and less bitter flavour. Among the teas Libstar produces for Woolworths, is the cold brew fruit infusion range that includes delicious flavours such as blood orange and watermelon.
Tea has been in many homes for several centuries and remains one of the most consumed beverages of choice around the world. In celebration of World Tea Day, in addition to your favourite cup of traditional tea, try some of these innovative tea trends for something a little different.