All posts tagged history

The Historic History of Tea and Health

This week marks the first in a series of shows on tea and health. Manish Shah takes you back to the good ol’ days of tea, in fact the good very old days of tea, when it was first discovered and its many health benefits were first noted. Read more…

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Lavishing Lavender

Manish Shah and show producer Tere Clark step into the fabulously fragrant world of lavender flowers. The distinct aroma of this flower has earned its place in history Read more…

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Talk Over Tea–The History and Health Benefits of Puer

Tea master Zhuping Hodge joins Manish Shah for a chat about Puer tea, live from Seven Cups tea house here in Tucson, Arizona. Zhuping details the history of Puer, how it went from both rags to riches and from an “old person’s tea” to a delicacy enjoyed by people of all ages, all around the world.

Show 30 – Talk Over Tea–The History and Health Benefits of Puer

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Storytime: The Sorted Beginnings of Black Tea

From thieving to opium, the history of black tea more closely resembles a Hollywood blockbuster than a chapter from the history books. Tune in to this week’s episode to learn all about black tea’s misguided past. For the Question of the Week, Manish answers: Can black tea help ward off fleas?

Show 23 – Storytime: The Sorted Beginnings of Black Tea

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Not Today’s Tea Party

In light of recent elections and heavy political climate here in the United States, host Manish Shah takes a slight detour from the informative shows on specific tea types. This week, we’re remembering the Boston Tea Party: how it came about, what actually happened, and what its effect has been on American tea consumption.

Show 20 – Not Today’s Tea Party

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Crazy About Oolongs: A Few of My Favorite Things

Host Manish Shah begins to talk about his favorite variety of teas: oolongs. He touches on their history, preparation, and what it is that gives oolongs their delicate, unique flavors. In the Question of the Week, Manish reveals his top three oolong favorites and explains how you can try them at home.

Show 17 – Crazy About Oolongs: A Few of My Favorite Things

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Grateful for Green: The Colorful History of Green Tea

Manish Shah begins to tackle the vast subject of green tea, the original tea consumed. He explains the differences between green and white teas, and relates the long and rich history of its cultivation. In the Question of the Week, Manish answers: “What do you mean by ‘eyebrow’?”

Show 14 – Grateful for Green: The Colorful History of Green Tea

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The Story of White Tea: Origins & Explanations

This week on Steeping Around, host Manish Shah touches on the lighter side of tea: white tea, that is. What is white tea? Where does it come from? Is it rare, is it expensive? Manish answers these and other questions, as he begins to unmask one of the more obscure varieties of tea on the market.

Show 12 – The Story of White Tea: Origins & Explanations

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The Beginning–What Is Tea, Anyway?

Now that we’ve given you the tools to make an incredible cup of tea for yourself, we’re going to backtrack a little bit- to the beginning! Where does tea come from, and when did people begin to take notice of it? Manish Shah answers these and other questions as he introduces the tea plant itself.

Show 10 – The Beginning–What Is Tea, Anyway?

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Talking Iced Tea – Part 1

In sweltering Tucson, where the Maya clan has planted their stakes, we are feeling every excruciating second of summer. The average high temperature during the past week was a staggering 106°, and amidst sweaty brows and steaming asphalt we don’t even want to talk about hot tea anymore.

And so Manish doesn’t—in episode four of “Steeping Around,” he turns his attention to iced tea, introducing the first of a frosty four part series. We’re keeping the temperatures a little cooler over the next few episodes, examining every aspect of iced tea: its history, varieties, brewing, serving, and spicing. Read more…

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