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A cuppa fresh from your garden

Fresh-T tea plant on the patio. Picture; Lubera
Fresh-T tea plant on the patio. Picture; Lubera

Lubera’s exclusive tea plant Fresh-T

Imagine growing your own tea to sit back and relax with after all your hard work in the garden.

Thanks to Lubera’s trials, its new tea plant Camellia sinesis Fresh-T is perfect for growing your own cuppa in the UK.

Pretty blooms of Fresh-T. Picture; Lubera
Pretty blooms of Fresh-T. Picture; Lubera

Fresh-T has lovely blooms which have the added bonus of producing a delicious, fine-scented tea.

It’s hardy, making it perfect for northern gardens, down to -15°C when the roots are protected with insulating material.

Fresh-T is suitable for aromatic green teas and fresh tea infusions.

A Fresh-T cuppa. Picture; Lubera
A Fresh-T cuppa. Picture; Lubera

Fresh tea

  • Pick a few leaves (3-4 shoot tips) and rub them between the palms of your hands so that the flavours are released.
  • Place the leaves in a cup and pour hot water over them; after a few minutes enjoy a tea with a gentle, fruity flavour and a sourness that is reminiscent of rhubarb or sorrel and has a fine, black tea finish.
Fresh-T dried. Picture; Lubera
Fresh-T dried. Picture; Lubera

Green tea

  • Let freshly picked shoot tips wither for 12 hours in a shady place.
  • Heat the leaves in a frying pan without fat so that the oxidation, the fermentation, will stop. Note: do not roast, otherwise the roasting aromas will get out of hand.
  • Roll leaf pieces between your hands in order to break up the cells.
  • Carefully dry in a dehydrator.
  • Brew to get a cup of green tea.

Each plant costs £14.90, for more information visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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