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A week at the cottage is the cherry on top of what was supposed to be a delicious summer. And while some of my plans change unexpectedly, I was determined to relax in the sunshine whenever and however I could!

I started the first night with Cherry Lucuma tea. It’s one of many teas being “retired” by David’s tea. This kosher tea is oolong based and boasts ingredients like apple, pineapple, hibiscus, beetroot, morello cherries, and lucuma.  I had to look that last one up!

Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit that resembles an avocado. It’s golden flesh is purported to taste like caramel, sweet potato or maple, making it a sweet addition in baked goods. It is low on the glycemic index, making it a good option as a natural sweetener for diabetics. Lucoma also contains beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. It may also help support heart and digestive issues, as well as soothe inflammation.

This tea had a sweet and earthly flavour, as well as a rich rosy colour from the beetroot. Beets and cherries are rich in a number of vitamins and antioxidant. Both beetroot and hibiscus aid in lowering blood pressure. But the predominant flavour, as I had hoped, was juicy, ripe cherries. It wasn’t overly sweet, nor did it possess an artificial tinge, so it was refreshing and deeply satisfying.

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Sitting on the dock with this tea, was definitely the cherry on the top of what I hope is an amazing and restful week.

 Here’s the mini cherry on top of the regular cherry on top of the sundae of awesomeness that is my life. -Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

Happy Monday!