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Types of Organic Tea Around the World

Types of Organic Tea

Aside from the history of tea, it’s amazing how countries that grow tea make it special. Like people in India enjoy their Tea or Chai as they call it with rusk or pakodas. And then there’s Australia that enjoys their tea with a bit sized snack like Anzac biscuits or Meat Pies. The most famous amongst all is the loose leaf tea of Melbourne. You know, there are three kinds of people in this world; one who loves coffee, two who love tea, and three, of course, those who don’t enjoy either of them.

As of tea now, there are so many different kinds of it around the world that surely you wouldn’t have tasted or heard of. You can find organic tea online too. However, let’s have a sneak peek at all of them.

  1. For the country who has introduced tea to the world, China is renowned for Jasmine tea. They infuse the jasmine flower with green tea at dawn and after blending blow out the dried flowers with a hot air blast. This tea is a great beverage along with a Chinese meal.
  1. The Japanese introduced Match a tea to the world. It’s the green tea that’s bright green. You might think that it’s just an artificial coloring to the tea but it’s actually authentic organic tea. In China, green tea is roasted, but in Japan, it’s steamed hence making the color of the tea so bright. The steaming process helps them to retain the vegetal, leafy flavor of the tea.
  1. Have you heard of ‘bubble tea’? This was actually an accidental invention by Lin Hsiu Hui who worked at Chun Shui Tang teahouse, in the 1980’s in Taiwan. She was a product development manager who accidentally dropped tapioca balls into the tea.Hence, the invention of the bubble tea that’s now famous in many parts of the world.
  1. Taiwan also has something special apart from bubble tea, the Oolong tea. This tea is a semi-fermented tea that has complex flavors. If you’re keenly interested in having them, then buy tea online – the best option ever.
  1. Next stop is India. The first plantation by the British during their time in India was in Darjeeling. Apart from this place, Assam was also part of tea plantation giving the Darjeeling variant a good competition.

A Singpho tribe that lived in this region of Assam, chewed on the tea leaves thinking it to be tobacco. Their confusion vanished when a Scottish gentleman, Robert Bruce discovered it and was the father of the tea industry in Assam. Apart from this brief history, India is known for its black tea and Masala tea served in the famous clay pots. The tea is mixed with a variety of spices giving it a lovely taste.

  1. The Indians are so generous about the tea that they shared with their neighbor Sri Lanka. And that’s was the beginning of the Ceylon tea which is famous for its bright, medium-bodied, and tangy flavor.
  1. Later, the British had also helped Kenya grow tea in their country. It’s become a major competition between India and Sri Lanka. The tea there is a major cash crop for them and Kenya’s black tea is known for the high quality and produces a homogeneous taste as per the CTC (Crush Tear Curl), meaning their tea is used as the tea blends for many of the breakfast teas.

The key take-away:

Tea is the most famous beverage apart from coffee and alcohol. Whichever country came up with a tea variant, it’s a special one and completely different. It became culturally important from the country that it’s come from. Likewise, loose leaf tea in Melbourne is making a moment right now in the whole of Australia. Further, tea has also become a part and token of kindness, a symbol of warmth, hospitality, and friendship in every part of the world. There are many other tea cultures or tea variants that weren’t mentioned here but that doesn’t stop you from exploring it and trying it out yourself.

Tips for cooking wood fire pizza

alfresco pizza oven

Wood-fired pizza is an excellent meal that you can cook yourself if you have a home alfresco pizza oven. You can make the pizza exactly how you want. Choose the perfect base and crust, sprinkle on as much cheese as you want and add plenty of your favorite toppings. However, getting a great result can be tricky if you’re new to cooking pizza using a wood fire. Of course, practice makes perfect but it also helps to know a few easy wood-fired pizza cooking tips too. We’ve put together a list below of some key tips we follow to get a perfect pizza every time.

Get prepared

  • Make the perfect base

Your dough is the foundation of your pizza, so make sure you get it right. We recommend using a dough mixture made from four cups of flour, a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and about 30 grams of baker’s yeast dissolved in the warm water.

To make the dough, dig a well in the middle of your flour. Then add salt and olive oil. Next, pour in the water and yeast mixture. Mix it all up and be ready to spend plenty of time kneading the dough. You want the dough to become smooth and stretchy. This should take about 10 minutes or so.

Make a few balls of dough (these will be your pizza bases) and place them in a bowl. Add a little oil to the sides of the bowl to stop the dough balls from sticking. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave the bowl in a warm place for two hours.

Your dough is ready to rolled out once it has doubled in volume. Start by stretching the dough balls out with your hands and then use a rolling pin to roll them out into bases about 30 centimetres in diameter.

  • Add quality ingredients

Once your base is ready, you can start adding your favorite ingredients. The best ingredients to use are those of a high-quality. You can visit your local farmer’s market for organic vegetables, and artisan meat and cheese to use, for instance. And don’t forget to use some seasonings to take your pizza to the next level.

For instance, forget about a boring cheese pizza with store-bought mozzarella. Instead, try using buffalo mozzarella. Add some sliced cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of basil and oregano to make a delicious Margherita that everyone will enjoy.

Get creative with the toppings you choose and experiment with new flavors. For example, try adding spinach or chicken to your pizza. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try jack fruit or eggplant for a vegan-friendly topping.

Along with your toppings, don’t forget about using a good quality pizza sauce. You can buy a range of pizza sauces from the supermarket or try your hand at making your own. And you don’t have to stick with the traditional tomato paste. You can also use barbecue sauce, alfredo sauce or pesto. 

  • Get the temperature right

Before you start cooking, your wood-fired oven needs time to preheat. To ensure your pizza is cooked to perfection, it should not go in until the oven reaches the desired cooking temperature. Typically, this will be around 350–370°C. You then need to keep the oven at this temperature while the pizza cooks.

  • Prepare the oven floor and position the fire

For an even cook, you need to get your fire in position. Have the fire in the center of the alfresco pizza oven so that all the sides of the oven are evenly heated.

Similarly, you also need to make sure your oven is clean so that your pizza won’t get covered in ash. Ideally, do this before you preheat the oven. But you may need to quickly scrape out any piles of ash before you put your pizza in.

Start cooking

  • Put the pizza in the oven

The best and safest way to get pizza into your wood-fired oven is to use a pizza peel. The pizza peel is a wide, flat tool designed to transfer pizza and other dishes from your counter top to the oven. Sprinkle a little flour on the peel to avoid your pizza sticking to it. Then you can lay the pizza on the peel and put it into the oven.

Gently angle the peel so that the pizza slowly slides off the peel and into the oven. Give this task your full attention to avoid dropping the pizza or burning yourself.

When your pizza is ready, slide the pizza peel under it and pull the pizza out.

Read here to know how to use a wood-fired oven.

  • Keep an eye on your pizza

To avoid overcooking your pizza, or even burning it, you need to pay close attention to your pizza as it cooks. Watch for the edges starting to turn golden brown. If it looks like one side is cooking quicker than the others, use the pizza peel to rotate the pizza around or reposition it so that it cooks more evenly.

Conclusion

Use the tips above to enjoy delicious wood-fired pizzas every time. Remember to take good care of your pizza oven too so that you can use it for many years to come.