March 21, 2015 10:54 am Leave your thoughts
How are your cockles doing? Still a little chilly, perhaps, as we edge out of winter? Feeling a yearning after summer sun – or even autumn fires? How about a warming cup of Pukka’s 3 Ginger Tea to make it all feel better?
(Incidentally, there’s dispute as to what exactly the ‘cockles of your heart’ might be. A mistranslation? A cockle-shaped ventricle? A heart-shaped cockle? Mull it all over while you sip this wonderful tea.)
It’s a blend of ginger, galangal and turmeric, and even the packet – a riotous swirl of reds, greens and oranges, has a heartening effect. Here’s what Pukka themselves have to say about it:
‘when inner fires fizzle and yawns roam free, rekindling starts with a feast of sweet galangal and golden turmeric. Inner fire, prepare to glow…come alight with this lovely warming organic herbal brew.’
Pukka teas are all made with the highest quality organic herbs, ethically sourced. The company employs master ‘herbsmiths’ and ‘sourcing gurus’ to find and deal with the ingredients (they have some short films showing how they grow some of the ingredients on their website, here).
Their ginger, for instance, is grown in India, where, they note, it ‘seems to bask in the sunshine and send the fiery heat straight into the plant’s roots’. Ginger, a herbaceous perennial, produces spicy rhizomes that have both culinary and medicinal uses – great, especially, for healthy digestion.
Galangal is a ginger-like plant, native to many parts of Asia, which grows about a metre tall. Its reddish-brown rhizomes have a lovely fruity warmth. In India, dried galangal is used as a spice in curries, while its steam-distilled oil and extracted oleoresins are used in perfumes.
Turmeric, again, is a member of the ginger family, native to tropical south Asia, and with a whole host of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits attributed to it.
So go ahead – rekindle your inner spark with a cup of this tea!3 ginger, Herbal Tea, pukka, pukka tea
This post was written by Yzanne