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Autumn trends 2013

As the days shorten, temperatures fall and the leaves turn colour, there are few things as cheering as a cup of hot tea. The most popular teas this autumn are spicy, fresh and fruity. This at least was the result of a survey carried out by members of the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Kräuter- und Früchtetee. Well in the lead for favourite flavours is ginger, especially combined with citrus flavours, camomile and mint. Ginger is followed by lime, spicy fruit-chai concoctions and fruit teas made with familiar fruit like blackcurrant, sea buckthorn and elder. Autumn is also the season for dreaming of faraway places – or at least for drinking teas that remind us of them, like Moroccan mint, Spanish orange or Turkish apple teas. Finally there is an ever-popular classic – the soothingly spicy fennel tea.

Which parts of a plant are used for tea?

Herb teas and fruit teas are created by pouring boiling water over the dried, aromatic parts of plants. Depending on the plant, different parts are dried for tea – the leaves (mint), the flowers (camomile), the fruit (apple, fennel) and the roots (ginger). Fruit and herb teas are not true teas, according to the strictest definition of the word. “True” teas are made from the processed and dried leaves of the evergreen tea plant, Camellia sinensis, and they include black tea, green tea and a handful of special teas.

Tea tastes wonderful and it’s good for you!

Most herb and fruit teas are caffeine-free, so they won’t have the stimulating effect of black or green teas. But they’re really good for you, says nutritionist Harald Seitz. They have practically zero calories, making them the ideal thirst-quencher at any time of the day. Many contain health-promoting essential oils. Many teas are recommended as home remedies for various ailments. Seitz cites fennel tea as being good for throat and stomach problems and linden tea for colds and fever. When making herb and fruit teas, it’s important to follow the directions on the packet, if you want to get the full flavour and aroma. Something else to consider is that these teas are natural products, so that they might contain microorganisms. That’s why you’re recommended always to use boiling water and to let them draw for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.aid.de