I finally found a great place to buy loose tea in Rome. On my last day there. It’s a place called Castroni’s - it’s the international food store of Rome. And they have a lot of tea. So if you’re ever in Rome…
I bought some for the road (well, my stay on a farm in rural Spain…if you’re ever in Spain…). “Frutti del Bosco” which means “fruits of the forest”. Think mixed berries and such.I’m told by Bea (one of the proprietors of the farm) that one of the ingredients is really high in Vitamin C – which I’ve needed this winter. Perhaps that explains the slightly tangy taste of this tea.
If you’ve read any of my posts before you’ll know that I always mention the color of the tea. This one is a very appealing rich purple/marroon…quite lovely in a white mug. It’s purely herbal so I let the water come to a boil. Then I steeped it for a really long time (I was busy looking at tea kettles on Etsy for my Pinterest board…). Probably more than ten minutes. I would suggest about 10 minutes – you want a lot of flavor, but the last time I steeped it it wasn’t quite so tangy. I actually take this with a bit of sugar (and I usually don’t add sugar). It really plays on the berry taste.
I would recommend this for a nice evening with the dogs wasting time online or reading a good book in front of the fire place (which is what I’m doing!).
My next posts will come from Ireland! Can you say “Irish Breakfast Tea?”