Whenever I am traveling or just making a visit to a local market, I am on the hunt for unique varieties and flavors of tea. Everything from the mundane to the downright funky sounding, and this one definitely falls under the category of “funky”. Grapefruit Chili Pepper Green and White Tea.
Grapefruit and Chili Pepper? Really?
Surprisingly, it’s good.
I was rather surprised when I tried it because in my head, the idea of grapefruit and chili pepper in a tea was not exciting me. Although I have tried salsa with grapefruit and even salad dressing, just something about those flavors combined in my morning tea made me want to crawl back in bed.
The grapefruit is not overpowering and the chili pepper adds just the perfect touch of spice on the finish. When I did a web search to see where I could buy this online, I wasn’t coming up with any options. Sorry, but unless you are visiting The Netherlands and stop by one of the Albert Heijn grocery stores, you are likely out of luck.
Grapefruit and Chili Peppers
Wondering on why the combination of flavors and types of tea? My guess is because all of these are naturally strong antioxidants, they help with weight loss, and the flavors do work well together. Grapefruit is also said to balance out blood sugar levels and help prevent metabolic syndrome. Chili peppers are said to speed up metabolism and aid in weight loss.
Green and White Teas
There is endless documentation on the wonders of green tea — from helping with fat burning to increasing mental alertness. It is believed to play a role in the prevention of various cancers and aid in the treatment of many stomach disorders. Some people even use the leaves directly on the skin to soothe a sunburn!
White tea is one of the best out there but you don’t hear about it very often unless you are “into tea”. It’s the least processed and has a host of health benefits including cancer prevention, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and some believe it even makes your skin healthier. White tea also is said to be a natural killer of bacteria and viruses and its small dose of fluoride might help keep your teeth and gums healthier.
Triangle Tea Bags
Although this tea is ridiculously cheap (1,35 euros), it utilizes triangular tea bags. You might be thinking, ” so what?” Typically, higher end tea companies are switching to the triangle bags that are made out of nylon and they are sewn shut rather than stapled or chemically heat-sealed.
The benefits of the triangle shape allow the leaves to swell and infuse additional flavor, while helping reduce breakage or “tea dust”.
Have you tried grapefruit chili pepper tea before? Tips on where else to find this interesting flavor?