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Cooking with Green Tea

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“In China Tea is more than a beverage, it is an intricate part of our culture: we use it to quench our thirst, as an ingredient in cooking to toast friendship, as an offering to deities and ancestors and yes even as medicine.”

-Chef Martin Yan, Yan Can Cook quoted in Cooking with Green Tea

We enjoy cups of green tea in the morning and in the evening. In addition we often cook with Green Tea to enjoy added health benefits and for the taste.

Our go to recipe book is Cooking with Green Tea: Delicious Dishes Enhanced by the Miraculous Healing Powers of Green Tea, which offers many interesting recipes both elaborate and basic (see the Green Tea Chicken Stock recipe) below. We have put our own variation on some of the dishes one of which we share below.

You can enjoy the immune boosting, heart supporting, fat burning, free radical sweeping benefits of green tea while preventing the accumulation of fat cells from the food you consume as Harvard Medical School graduate Dr. Tsang-do Houng discovered in his research at the University of Bejing. You can read more about this work in Green Tea: The Natural Secret for Healthier Life

Cooking with Green Tea
While you can reap the health benefits by consuming green tea as normal, brewed hot with honey, as we enjoy it daily. However in addition you can use the liquid tea in the place of water for many recipes.

You can also cut open the Green Tea Bags and mix the green tea leaves in with your cooking ingredients or use Green Tea Matcha Powder and mix a regular serving along with your spices and other ingredients.

The recipes below are inspired by Cooking with Green Tea, with our own twist. We hope you enjoy.

Green Tea Curry Chicken Stock

6 Bags Green Tea
4 Cups Boiling Water
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil or Avocado Oil
2 Tablespoons (1/2-inch) Ginger Root Chunks
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
5 Green Onions, Trimmed and Cut into 1-inch Long Pieces
1 Small Chicken Quartered
1 Cup Chopped Carrots
1/2 Cup of Celery
1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of sea salt

Optional spices for added flavor
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cumin Seeds

Brew the tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water and set aside. Sauté
the garlic, onions and ginger until fragrant in heated oil until fragrant, add the chicken and sea salt and sauté
until brown. Add this mixture to the plain boiled water and boil for 2 hours. During the last hour add the 2 cups of boiled tea and steep for 30 minutes. When cool use immediately or store in refrigerator for 3 days and in freezer for 1 month for best taste.

Curry Noodle Shrimp
2 Cups of Cooked Noodles of Choice
1/2 Pound Shrimp Peeled and Deveined
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil or Avocado Oil
2 Tablespoons (1/2-inch) Ginger Root Chunks
1 Green Onion
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of sea salt
2 Tables of Rice Wine (Optional)
1 Teaspoon Lime Juice

For this recipe you can also boil the noodles in Green Tea. Marinate the shrimp for 15 minutes in a mixture of the Matcha Green Tea powder, curry and pepper, rice wine and lime juice. When shrimp has marinated, sauté the ginger, garlic and green onion, until fragrant, then add the shrimp and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until shrimp turns milky pink and white.

Remove from heat and set aside. Add to boiled noodles and enjoy!

5 Health Benefits of Mango Leaf

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Adored for its sweet fruit and its fragrant flowers, the mango tree is ubiquitous throughout the tropics. While the fruit offers many health benefits including loads of free radical fighting, cancer-fighting vitamins and nutrients , the leaves of the mango are extremely rich in vitamins A, B C, flavonoids and phenols and used in a myriad of home remedies in throughout the Caribbean and India.

For maximum benefits use young leaves. The majority of the home remedies below call for the use of dried mango leaf powder. Choose young tender leaves, dry in the sun, pound in to powder using a mortar and pestle. If you do not live in the tropics and/or have access to a Mango Tree, you can purchase Mango Leaf Powder by NutriCargo.

As with any home remedy please get advise from a certified health professional for guidance to ensure safety.

1. Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Prevention
The leaves contain tannins called anthocyanidins, which clinical research has proven effective in treating insulin instability, pre-diabetes.

Make a tea infusion of mango leaf powder by soaking the leaves overnight. Do not heat.

2. Earaches
Use the extract of mango leaf (approximately one teaspoon) to create ear drops for ear aches. Use the drop a few times per day until infection clears.

3. Hypertension
Use the overnight tea infusion of powder mango leaves for blood vessel strengthening properties to treat hypertension.

4. Kidney Stones
Dissolve kidney stones by drinking one half cup of the powdered tea infusion of Mango Leaves three times daily. Additionally drink warm water to help flush out your kidneys.

5. Digestive Imbalance
Make a tea with fresh Mango Leaves, consume one cup each day. Avoid dairy with the exception for yogurt and kefir, avoid spicy foods. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Have you used Mango Leaves for other remedies not listed here? Let us know!

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Sorrel, Red Hibiscus Tea

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Jamaican Red Hibiscus Sorrel Punch
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Red Hibiscus Flower

In this post we share what we have learned regarding the health benefits of read hibiscus tea and a spicy Jamaican Red Hibiscus “Sorrel” punch.

Red hibiscus tea is treasured throughout Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas and for its tart and fruity taste. This beautiful plant also offers a plethora of health benefits, confirmed through scientific research. Also known as sorrel in West Indies, Flor de Jamaica in Central America, Byssop in West Africa, the health benefits of hibiscus tea range from high blood pressure control due to its diuretic properties to digestive support as a laxative and anti-spasmodic properties in both the stomach and uterus.

Our favorite recipe shown below includes the dried hibiscus petals as shown in the photo above. But you can also use red zinger tea available in stores or online. If we are not using the flower petals readily available in our local health food and vegetable markets, we use Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea.

Jamaican Style Sorrel Red Hibiscus Punch
This punch offers many added health benefits with spices such as ginger and cardamom known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cinnamon thought to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Ingredients
1/2 cup of dried red hibiscus/ sorrel petals*
1 tablespoon grated ginger**
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (skip if not recently squeezed!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (really just a tiny bit)
1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar OR (2 tablespoons of Stevia for sugar free option, it’s very good!)***

Instructions

Mix all dry ingredients in a large pot or bowl, steep in 4 cups hot water add, the lemon and orange juices as well as the vanilla and sweeteners. Let steep for 20 minutes to draw out the flavors and properties of all of the ingredients. Strain the liquid to remove the petals and bits of spices. Makes 4 Servings. Enjoy hot or let cool and add ice for a cool punch.

 

* If you cannot find the red hibiscus/ sorrel petals, use 4 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea

**If you enjoy spicier foods add extra ginger and a dash of cayenne pepper for a kick!

***Red Hibiscus is quite tart and may require a lot of sweetener. To maximize health benefits we recommend using a combination of Organic Traditions Stevia Leaf Powder (without the additives found in Stevia products like dextrose) and Raw Manuka Honey Paste with strong anti-bacterial properties and other health benefits.

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Cerasee Tea

20160304_133339.jpgWith the scientific name Momordica charantia, “Cerasee Tea” is a staple in many Jamaican households. The highly potent, medicinal herb is Native to Africa and carried by African Slaves brought to the Americas. Though extremely bitter in taste, the herb is taken often by those who experience its numerous health benefits of Cerasee tea including anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties to combat the cold/ flu season, acne particularly for women around the time of menstruation, detox after eating sugary foods. Others believe that it is useful in treating hypertension, hair loss and urinary tract infection.

So effective in lowering blood sugar that it can be a danger to diabetics on blood sugar lowering medicines, as there blood sugar can dip dangerously low. Therefore doctors supervision and advice is strongly recommended before taking this herb.

Cerasee is also known as balsam apple, balsam pear, bitter gourd, corrilla and karela.

You can purchase the tea online from a number of websites.

We recommend Angel Brand Cerasse Tea. Sweeten with Raw Manuka Honey Paste by YS Eco Bee Farms .

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.