GROWING YOUR OWN TEA…

We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.

‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.

The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.

A great site with all the details on growing your own tea is ‘Guide to Growing Tea’, and you might be able to get seeds at your local nursery or try online at Amazon.

From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CAMOMILE TEA?…

What’s your favourite Camomile tea? With so many to choose from it’s difficult to decide. Here are some of the most popular ones on the market.

Dorset Tea Cool Camomile Tea 20 Bags (great for summer) £2.49 

Heath & Heather Organic Camomile Tea 20 Bags £2.19 / Camomile & Manuka Honey Tea 20 Bags £2.19 / 

 

Floradix Organic Camomile Herbal Tea 15 Bags £1.69

 

 

BRITISH CORNER SHOP…

The British Corner Shop is a unique online supermarket for expats around the world. Whether you miss Marmite or crave Warburtons crumpets, they can deliver your British favourites straight to your door.

Their website stocks over 10,000 products from Britain’s most loved brands, meaning you can enjoy the British food you miss, wherever you are in the world.

Customer service is at the heart of their business. Since their humble beginnings in 1999, they have refined and developed British Corner Shop, building on the wants and needs of their loyal customers.

From purchasing your shopping through to the delivery, they want their customers to have total confidence when ordering with them.

You don’t have to be a British expat to use the service. If you have friends or relatives overseas who may be missing the taste of home, why not order them a box of British happiness? Their service is perfect for sending parcels of British food to Brits in the Armed Forces and others working abroad.

5 LAST MINUTE FOODIE GIFTS FOR FATHER’S DAY…

Personalised Chocolates For Foodie Dads

If you’re stuck for something to buy for Father’s Day then here are a few last minute popular foodie gifts you can buy that special Dad. The personalised foodie chocolate above is from Not On The High Street and is £9.95 by Chocolate By Cocoapod Chocolate.

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For the cheese lover this Award-winning cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy has created a gift box with Father’s Day in mind.The Strong & Mature Cheese selection includes outstanding old winchester, a 20-month-old powerful cheddar/gouda cross; spicy bleu des causses; tunworth, Britain’s rival to the best French camembert; and intense saint oswald. £26.50,

Morrisons

For the cookie lover, just pop down to Morrisons and personalise a giant cookie with your loving message at Morrisons stores nationwide. Choose from chocolate chip, white chocolate or double chocolate. £5

Finally how about an Olive Magazine subscription. Get him a monthly dose of the best recipes, restaurant trends and travel inspiration delivered through the letterbox, so your favourite food lovers can always stay ahead of the game. The food gift that keeps on giving, for just £32.99 for 13 issues

A guide to whiskies tea towel, Father's Day

For any whisky lover then how about this unique guide to whiskies tea towel.

From bourbons to ryes and malts, this tea towel covered with whisky trivia is perfect for those scotch loving dads. It’s almost too useful to use, so hang it on your wall and learn about the differences between Japanese and Canadian whisky before mixing a Manhattan. £10