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According to goldenmoontea, it is inappropriate to order orange pekoe tea in public, because orange pekoe isn’t actually a flavour. It’s actually a grading for black tea. There are 3 grades of black tea, with orange pekoe being the highest grade. Pekoe is in the middle grade, and sauchong the lowest quality.

Where did the “orange” come from, since there isn’t any orange in orange pekoe tea? It actually comes from the Dutch royal house, Orange-Nassau. The Dutch East India Co. was a large tea trader in the 1600’s, and they believed using this name would appeal to its high-end European customers.

Sir Thomas Lipton also used “orange pekoe” as a marketing ploy…one that has obviously caught on!

Black tea contains antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. It also contained antimicrobial properties which may help prevent oral infections such as strep throat. Black tea has less caffeine than coffee, but pregnant and nursing women should not consume more than 2 cups per day. It may also exacerbate some conditions like heart burn, anemia, or irritable bowel syndrome.

Water should be heated to a roiling boil, then poured over the tea leaves and allowed to infuse for 3-5 minutes. If you oversteep it, it will become bitter. Want less caffeine? Only steep for 1 minute.

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Now that you know, orange you glad I’ve saved you from a serious food faux pas?

Happy Monday!