The tart, fresh lemon is the fruit of the Citrus Medica tree. The lemon was discovered in northern India, and spread to the Mediterranean by the end of the first century. Introduced to the new world in the 15th century, the lemon spread rapidly, eventually becoming one of the most important fruits in the Americas. Lemons are widely used in cooking, confections, pies, sauces and with fish. Lemon oil is extracted from the lemon peel to flavor and scent foods and many other products.
Lemongrass, the main ingredient in our Lemon Blossom herbal tea, is a tall, tropical grass which has a wonderful fresh lemon aroma and flavor. This beautiful plant is found in India, tropical Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and in the states of Florida and California in the U.S. Lemongrass lends a wonderful flavor to Asian cooking, especially Thai, Malay and Indonesian dishes. The essential oil in lemongrass, citral, gives lemongrass its distinctive citrus flavor. In fact, citral is often used as a substitute for lemon oil.
For our Lemon Blossom herbal tea, we blend freshly cut lemongrass from Thailand, Egyptian chamomile, rosehips from Chile, citrus peel from the United States, rose petals from Pakistan, safflower from China, ginger from India, and natural orange and lemon flavors. The result is very colorful loose tea blend with a refreshing, slightly tart, juicy lemon taste. Delicious hot and great iced.
P.S. Our Lemon Blossom is an easy way to add flavor to fish dishes. Simply sprinkle on fish and bake or broil.
The Stash Tea Company is a privately-held company headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. Founded in 1972, Stash Tea originally operated out of an old Portland Victorian style house, supplying loose herbal teas and bulk herbs to natural food stores. Starting in 1975, the company broadened its focus to include bagged teas and then began to sell a full line of traditional, specialty blend and herbal teas directly to fine restaurants and through a mail order catalog to consumers.
Today, Stash Tea is one of the largest specialty tea companies in the United States. The company derives its name from an entertaining aspect of tea folklore. In earlier centuries, tea was a valuable commodity traditionally transported by clipper ship. The ship's captain often was presented with some of the finest teas for his personal use. This supply was his "stash," stowed carefully as his "private reserve". Today, the term is still used to denote anything put away carefully because of its preciousness.