Wow! I have so much to tell you...ABOUT TEA!!!
Who'da thought! Not me :)
The posts are filling up my brain but not on the computer, which means I need to get going if the info. rattling around in my brain is not to get lost! I've not forgotten about Green Tea Part 2 or my China Black tea / tasting with my 6 year old..but~
Right now I'm just going to do a little house keeping on something I mentioned in a previous post, giving a little more background to it..
GERMAN ROCK SUGAR!
GRS is an unrefined sugar found naturally in a particular beet found among the Germanic Nations. There were a number of reasons I backed off of this in a previous post, first being I couldn't find the source in Teavana (which sells German Rock Sugar) I remembered reading either on their site or a brochure which told me GRS is taken from a root.
As I often have difficulty "Thinking No Evil" (I thought they must have lied!), my face broke out while I was using the GRS (as it often does around Christmas/Valentines day when I have my share of refined sugar, and someone I believe to be in the know about tea, questioned my bringing up GRS. These things converged, and I wrongfully judged German Rock Sugar no better than sugar in the raw, if only it were that good, even!
NOW, however, I've spoken with two individuals who helped me understand, not only what German Rock Sugar really is, but also why my face was breaking out! I also understand why Teavana took the specific information off their website (that I saw anyway). I mean, really, sight unseen, would you want a sugar substance that comes from a root...much less a BEET??
Well, recently, I was explaining to a friend about the GRS and it's ability to sweeten tea without changing the taste of the tea (which is really quite remarkable). I also mentioned some of the things I mentioned to you above. She said she knew of it and had actually stayed at a German Rock Sugar plantation in Austria where the beets were processed.
She saw one of the beets fall out of a transport truck and had her husband get it for her so that she could see it! She said she'd unearth a picture for us when she could...but I am satisfied as I remembered her telling me about it a few years before, but other than a nice story...it had no relevance to hold onto my mind...so I didn't remember until she told it again. Poof, it all makes sense now!
Secondly, I met such a neat "tea" lady today. Her name is Donna and she is the proprietor of the coolest store called Native Grace, in downtown Roanoke, on Market Street! I will post specifically about her shop and some of the teas I found and bought from their extensive stock in a near future post ~SO looking forward to sharing!~ but keeping on the subject at hand, Donna does a LOT with BEETS in her diet etc, and she is familiar with GRS from Teavana.
I happened to mention my skin reaction to the GRS and she said it made sense that I broke out while using the sugar. Beets are chocked full of antioxidants, very powerful. Which is why a lot of cancer diets have so many juicing recipes centered around beets.
That said, unless you have going for a full fledged knock-the-toxins-out-of-your-body diet...it really does no good to bombard your system with beets. You need to build up to having them in your diet...and if you NEVER eat beets~ which I don't~ then you're going to have a reaction~ which I did.
I have not and will not drink my Earl Grey Creme without some GRS. It's a MUST to keep the subtle flavors of the tea alive. But other than that, I've been finding other means of sweetening my teas...or just trying to go without sugar, because the flavors are so full and rich!
Perhaps, I'll work up to more German Rock Sugar, perhaps not, but as least now I KNOW the deal, and so do you!