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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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