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Tea time: The history of tea, herbal blends, and how chefs cook with tea

Stacey Wood and David Soule (left) owners of Whole Harmony Farm, with Andrew Terrance. Photo: Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food & Farm, courtesy of Stacey Wood.
Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food & Farm, courtesy of Stacey Wood
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Stacey Wood and David Soule (left) owners of Whole Harmony Farm, with Andrew Terrance. Photo: Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food & Farm, courtesy of Stacey Wood.

Second only to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. But for something we drink so much, we know surprisingly little about it. This week on Seasoned, we learn about tea from local experts. We talk to two tea importers in the state about what tea is, the characteristics of different types of teas, and how to savor the experience of drinking great tea. Plus, we talk to two herbal tea farmers about the benefits of herbal tea, as well as chefs who incorporate tea into their cooking.

Philip Parda – Co-owner of Savvy Tea Gourmet in Madison, Conn. Photo: Courtesy of Philip Parda
Courtesy of Philip Parda
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Philip Parda – Co-owner of Savvy Tea Gourmet in Madison, Conn. Photo: Courtesy of Philip Parda

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Featured Recipe: Hibiscus-Rose Tea Vinaigrette

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski. Our interns were Zshekinah Collier and Joseph Vazquez.

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This episode originally aired April 8, 2021

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Robyn is the senior producer of 'Seasoned,' a show celebrating food and farms. She's food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Zshekinah Collier is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Previously she was a Radio Production & Storytelling Intern and contributed to 'Audacious,' 'The Colin McEnroe Show,' 'Seasoned,' and 'Where We Live.'
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