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Green tea is one of the most popular types of tea consumed in North America. For centuries it was used for medicinal purposes, from headaches to depression. It is lower in caffeine than black or oolong tea. Some studies have shown that green tea can increase the metabolic rate, short term, and it may kill bacteria and inhibit some viruses, improving health overall. Green tea is also high in the amino acid, theonine, which can have a calming effect. 

Normally, I am not a green tea drinker, but there have been a few exceptions: Tetley’s Citrus Kiss, Stash’s Pomegranate Raspberry, and Tetley’s Lychee Pear. All were hits in my books!

Quite awhile back, Big Guy shared a pot of Emerald Green Tea with me, from a boxed set he was given. This particular tea was imported from South Africa, but the “story” on the box that went with it was centered in the mountainous region in the Zhe province in China. Hmm….

Emerald Green_ed

The old expression, “buyer beware” applied here. Often boxed sets of specialty teas are sold in box stores, especially around the holidays. They look nice, but the quality of the tea can be questionable. I don’t know if that was the case here, or if we steeped it too long. Green tea, if steeped for more than minute, it can become quite bitter. It was…unpleasant.

Or maybe I was created to just not like most green teas.

Green Tea meme

The lemon cookies, however, were delicious. 😉

Happy Monday!

“What about desserts?” I asked. “If the world comes to an end, I’m going to want cookies.”

Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It