Gunpowder, Organic Green Tea
One of China's best-known teas, Gunpowder, is produced in the Zhejiang Province in eastern China. This tea was originally rolled into pellets (resembling gunpowder) to help keep it fresh for as long as possible on the long journey across the oceans.
The olive-green pellets, when brewed, unfurl into a long green leaf, with a pale green cup and a distinctive vegetal aroma. This certified organic Gunpowder is light, smooth and non-astringent, with just a touch of earthiness.
Brew tea at 180º - steep for 2 minutes.
Gunpowder tea pairs well with recipes for fish and smoked meats, and is excellent in salad dressings, sauces and spice blends.
Spicy Green Tea Dressing with Lemon and Basil
1 tsp Gunpowder green tea
½ cup water
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic
½ small jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and minced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp white pepper
Heat water to 180°. Place tea in the water, cover, and steep for 3 minutes. Strain and cool. Place brewed tea and all other ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a glass bottle and use right away. This dressing can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.