Tea glossary

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Star Anise

​Star anise, also known as badian, is an aromatic fruit shaped like a star. Originally cultivated in China and Vietnam, it is now found in many other regions of Southeast Asia. It first reached Europe in the late 17th century. Mixed with other spices, star anise is commonly used to create blends for various types of chai tea.

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Safflowers

The safflower is a thorny plant of Asian origin, found mostly in Mediterranean regions. The plant is cultivated primarily for its flowers (harvested from July to September), which are used as seasoning, as well as its seeds (harvested in October), which are used to make oil. The safflower is often confused with saffron.

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Strawberry (leaves cut)

The strawberry is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Rosaceae family, whose fruit has been consumed since ancient times. Strawberries are small, fragrant, fleshy berries with a sweet but slightly tart taste. Strawberry leaves are mainly used in infusions.

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Siberian Ginseng (root cut)

​ Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) is a thorny shrub found in the Far East and Northern China. It belongs to the same family as ginseng but is a different genus. Siberian ginseng is a plant that is able to withstand the harshest climates and is often found near pines and cedars. The dried root is widely used in infusions.

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Spearmint (leaf cut)

The spearmint is an aromatic plant with dark green leaves that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Originating in the Mediterranean region, it was introduced to England by the Romans. Spearmint is delicious in infusions and herbal teas.

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Sarsaparilla (root)

The plant purifies the body. The sarsaparilla is a thorny dwarf shrub belonging to the Smilacaceae family. Originating in Central and South America, sarsaparilla was introduced to Europe in the 15th century. The young shoots may be cooked like asparagus and have a slightly bitter taste. When used in infusions, salsaparilla gives the drink a camphor-like taste with a slight hint of bitterness.

Scullcap Herb
Scutellaire (Herbe)

The skullcap is a plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Originating in North America, the skullcap prefers to grow in rich, humid soil and requires plentiful sunshine. During the summer months, it is adorned with magnificent small blue flowers.

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Sencha

The green tea would have made its appearance on the Japanese territory in the year 805. Indeed, two Buddhist monks left studying in China reported the seeds of tea in Japan. These seeds would then have been sown in the first Tea garden of Saga Prefecture. For its part, the sencha tea is a green tea that appeared in Japan in the middle of the 18th century. From the garden of Nakai, in the prefecture of Uji, the emerald infusion has fresh, herbaceous notes, but has a rather bitter taste.