Pucker up! Our rendition of a popular herbal lime blend contains dried--sweet yet tart--lime leaves from Thailand and dried lime pieces from China for a refreshing beverage to be savored either hot or cold.
Ingredients: Artisan dried lime leaves and dried lime pieces
Origin: Thailand; Yunan Province, China
Blended by A Thirst for Tea
From Chiang Rai in the far North of Thailand to Narathiwat in the South, lime bushes feature prominently in most family gardens. The reason? It all comes down to the fine balance of Thai cuisine. In Thailand, every meal features the complete spectrum of flavors - spicy and sweet, sour and tangy, hot and cold. The lime and its leaves with their sweetly balanced profile, have the ability to integrate seamlessly with the full range. Soups, salad rolls, grilled meats, curries, noodles and any dish you can imagine use the pungent and aromatic leaves to add balanced layers of sweetness to the intricate flavors. According to the Thai people, the benefits of consuming lime leaves extend beyond their flavoring abilities. They also believe that natural properties in the leaves make them an excellent digestive aid. What's more, they believe the leaves have the ability to cleanse the mind, erase negativity and ward off evil spirits! (And really, who are we to say that isn't the truth?)
Water Temperature: Boiling
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
Herb and fruit teas are very forgiving! With very few exceptions you will need boiling water to bring out the full flavor of the ingredients. Steep for at least 3 minutes--the longer the better. There's really no such thing as too long, and there's no need to remove the herbs and fruit at all. But because of that, don't expect to get more than one infusion.