Brewing Hints: Infuse in boiling water for three to five minutes
Leaf: Large, black Leaves
Characteristics: Large leaf China tea with marigold petals and passion fruit oil
Serving Suggestions: Drink without milk as a refreshing afternoon or evening tea
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Our Passion Fruit tea is a delightfully bright combination of Keemun tea and Passion Fruit. Enhanced with marigold petals and with a bright amber liquor, the tea is as beautiful to look at as it is to drink.
Passion fruit is named after the many species of passion flower and it was given the name by Christian missionaries in Brazil because it was used as an explanation of the crucifixion of Christ. At that time the missionaries called it ‘flor das cinco chagas’ or ‘flower of the five wounds’. Its Latin name is Passiflora Edulis, it is classed as a vine and is grown commercially in many tropical countries.
The fruit itself is classed as a pepo which is a type of berry with a yellow or dark purple skin which is full of flesh and large seeds. The fruit can be eaten raw but far more passion fruits today are juiced or have oil made from the sweet flesh. Passion fruit is widely used as a flavouring and aroma enhancer with other fruit juices. Passion fruit flower is the national flower of Paraguay.
Passion fruit itself contains 36% of the RDA of vitamin C, 43% of the dietary fibre and 11% of the riboflavin (vitamin B) 12% of the iron, and 12% of the phosphorous per 100grams.
When we first started talking to our Chinese suppliers about fruit teas in general, the first thing we asked was what tea should we use as a base. 80% of the suppliers said the same thing, using Keemun tea, as you can see from our description here, Keemun tea is a gentle, smooth, slightly smoky, highly enjoyable tea that is robust enough to blend with highly pungent ingredients such as fruits and that will complement rather than overpower what it is blended with.
Based on the flavours involved in this tea it is probably best to drink without milk although if someone is wanting a fruity sweet treat, a drop of honey or Agave syrup will please any sweet tooth. This tea pairs well with Tarte au Citron, Lemon Drizzle Cake and bizarrely cucumber sandwiches. It is particularly popular in summer but sometimes the rebel in me drinks it in winter to remind of summer days.
Ingredients: Black tea, passion fruit flavouring, marigold petals