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Taking time for tea is a delicious way to boost health

The scientific evidence continues to mount that tea is a powerful tool for health, according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. They cite hundreds of studies that have found health benefits associated with tea, including research that suggests drinking black, green or oolong tea may protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, reduce the risk of kidney stones, and strengthen bones, teeth, and the immune system.

Tea is also, it turns out, a secret ingredient in baking and cooking. The association’s website has some terrific recipes. I experimented with this basic scone recipe  using several types of tea, and various added ingredients.

From Susan Card’s Garden Series

Here are a few combos:

Twinings Honeybush, mandarin and orange tea, and cranberries.

Earl Grey (any brand) and chopped pecans.

David’s Tea Forever Nuts with a maple syrup glaze.

President’s Choice Feeling Energized with ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom and fennel.

Black tea (any brand) with currants.

The possibilities are endless. If you find one you particularly like, do LMK:)

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Feature picture courtesy of the Herbal and Tea Association of Canada.

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