Naturally being from Yorkshire I love a cup of tea; strong and milky, there’s nothing a lovely brew can’t sort out. In recent years however I’ve been expanding my repertoire and replacing the odd cup of black tea with something a little more exciting, and from Chamomile to Fennel, Matcha to Peppermint, my cupboard is now fit to burst with an array of beverages to rival Whittards of Chelsea!
The latest tea I’ve been trying is Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea (RRP £4.69)* a loose leaf tea which is said to contain more antioxidants and vitamin C than green tea. It also advises it is proven to aid weightloss, boost the immune system and lower cholesterol – this sounds like no ordinary tea I’ve ever drunk, but a supercharged, health-giving elixir!
In Italy, where this tea is produced, olive leaves have long since been prized for their health-giving benefits and the tea was regularly administered to those returning from tropical colonies to treat severe fevers and malaria. Decades later, Scientists discovered it was oleuropein, contained within the olive leaves, which had the antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties, as well as being effective at lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow, and which made the tea such a useful medicinal brew. With increased public interest in drinking tea with added health benefits there is little wonder that this tea has caught the attention of retailers and tea afficionados outside of its italian homeland.
The olive trees from which Mirabilia harvest the leaves are grown in the Abruzzo region of Italy. This rural, mountainous area enjoys unpolluted air and fresh water so the trees that grow are healthy, requiring no chemical pesticides or fertilisers. Handpicked each morning, the leaves are then slowly dried to maintain their mellow flavour and health-giving benefits.
The flavour of olive leaf tea is very delicate, making it great if like me you aren’t keen on the sharp flavour of green tea. The directions advise to steep the tea for six minutes as olive leaves are thicker than traditional tea leaves, and that you can get at least two cups from one infuser. I usually find the second tea tastes a little stronger as the leaves have softened slightly, which is actually more to my preference.
I really enjoy the subtle flavour of olive leaf tea. It is very refreshing drunk after a meal to settle the stomach and is great when I’m feeling a little under the weather. The soothing, naturally caffeine- and tannin-free brew is also perfect in the evening as an alternative to chamomile tea as it won’t disturb your sleep or trigger migraines.
You can buy Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea at a variety of independent shops, as well as Booths supermarket and direct from the Mirabilia website.
Have you heard of, or tried olive leaf tea?