Busy day? Sometimes it helps to pause and have a cup of tea. Feeling under the weather due to the flu or other illness? Ginger tea is a soothing “comfort” drink that goes down easily and can make you feel better.
This post is dedicated to Indian style ginger tea. My friend Pam tells me that when you make a social call in India, tea is always offered to welcome you as a guest. It is also a nice way to reset your afternoon when you need a break and don’t want to add a lot of extra calories or sugar from a commercially prepared hot beverage and is usually served with a small snack. If you want something sweet with your tea, try my Cinnamon Almond Biscotti. If you are avoiding caffeine, you can substitute decaffeinated black tea in the recipe.
What’s the difference between green, black and white teas?
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to visit one of the world’s largest tea plantations near Munnar, India and learned a lot about the cultivation of this essential plant. I found out that green tea, black tea and white tea all come from the same bush – Camellia Sinensis – but have different levels of processing which gives the teas their distinct characteristics. Green tea is lightly steamed, but not oxidized. Black tea is oxidized using heat and moisture to develop the leaves. White tea is minimally processed.
The amount of caffeine varies among the different varieties but is generally similar, regardless of whether it is black, green or white tea. Both black and green tea have been studied for their potential impact on mental alertness, heart disease, and certain types of cancers. Research is ongoing, and like much nutrition research is still in need of clarification.
About the ginger
Some research has shown that ginger can be potentially helpful with symptoms of nausea and vomiting from various causes. Be cautious with using ginger if you take any blood clotting medications such as warfarin (Coumadin). If you are on any medications, be sure to ask your doctor for advice before starting to drink a lot of ginger tea.
We made our ginger tea with milk but no sugar. If you want to add some sugar, that is up to you. However, in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 -2020 which were recently released by the USDA, the recommendation is that less than 10% of your calories per day come from added sugars.
This recipe is part of my comfort food series.