What does high quality tea mean?

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What is a high quality tea?

A high-quality herbal tea means that the herbs are picked at exactly the right time of the year, when they are most filled with their essential oils. Preferably wild-picked or from small-scale cultivation without pesticides, as the herb is not "stressed" and can develop its full healing power. After harvesting, the raw material is handled in a gentle way throughout the production process, including drying and packaging.

Some factors that can contribute to a high-quality herbal tea include:

  1. The environment where the herb has been allowed to germinate and grow, and that it is picked at exactly the right time when it has its full healing power.

  2. Proper drying method: Properly drying herbs is important to preserve flavor, aroma, and nutrients. Air drying and sun drying are usually gentle methods that preserve the quality of the herbs, while other methods such as high temperature drying can reduce the quality of the herbs.

  3. Purity: High quality herbal tea must contain pure herbs without any additives or impurities.

  4. Aroma and taste: A high-quality herbal tea usually has a strong and well-balanced taste and aroma.

  5. Naturalness: Herbs grown without artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides have a higher quality.

  6. Packaging: Herbal teas that are packaged properly in airtight containers preserve flavor and aroma better and have a longer shelf life.

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What is the significance of the drying process?

Air drying herbs is a traditional method that has been used for centuries to preserve herbs and preserve their health benefits. This is a natural process where the herbs are suspended in the air and dried with the help of sun and wind. Because of this, air-dried herbs are often preferred over industrially dried herbs for the following reasons:

  1. Preservation of nutrients: Air drying preserves the herbs' nutrients better than industrial drying. During air drying, the herbs retain their natural color, flavor and aroma and retain a greater proportion of the important nutrients.

  2. Better taste and quality: Air-dried herbs have a better taste and quality than industrially dried herbs. Air-dried herbs provide a more natural flavor that is not too dry or brittle. They also maintain a higher quality because they do not contain any chemical additives or preservatives.

  3. Reduced risk of health problems: Air-dried herbs are less likely to have problems with mold or other types of bacteria than industrially dried herbs. Industrially dried herbs can have higher levels of microorganisms that can lead to health problems.

  4. Environmentally friendly process: Air drying is an environmentally friendly process that does not release any chemicals or pollutants into the environment. This helps to preserve the environment and promotes sustainability.

In conclusion, air drying herbs is a better option than industrially dried herbs due to its ability to preserve nutrients, taste and quality, reduce the risks of health problems and be an environmentally friendly process.

What does "industrially dried herbs" mean?

For example, microwaves can be used for drying herbal tea. Microwave drying is a modern technology used in the food industry to streamline the drying process and improve the quality of dried foods, including herbal teas.

In microwave drying, microwaves are used to heat the water in the herbs quickly, speeding up the drying process. This is effective because microwaves can penetrate deep into the herbs, allowing the moisture inside the herbs to be removed quickly.

The advantages of drying with microwaves include higher efficiency, faster drying times and a better preservation of nutrients, flavor and color in the herbs. Disadvantages are that the essential oils of the herb are destroyed, and with it, its healing power. Other disadvantages are energy consumption, which has a negative impact on the environment.

Microwave drying is not the only technique used in drying herbal tea

    other methods are rotary tumblers, drying ovens or drying cabinets. These methods are effective and can dry the herbs quickly, but they can be less gentle on the herbs and can affect the flavor and nutrients of the herbs if not used correctly.

      Which method is used depends on factors such as herb type, volume and desired quality of the finished herbal tea. Different tea factories may have their own specific methods and techniques for drying herbs.

      Are Pharmacy Gardens herbs of high quality?

      Pharmacy Garden's herbs are of the highest quality. They are always picked at the right time either in the wild or from small-scale farms without pesticides and then air-dried.

      Each batch is checked by an accredited laboratory for bacteria and pesticides to guarantee quality.

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