Happy New Year and Happy Spring to everybody. Happy New Year is for all of my Iranian friends who celebrate Nowruz.
I thought for sure, that after last year (here is the post) there would be another Iranian tea, either from my dad or from myself. That may still come in a future post in April or soon thereafter, but for now I let my dad do all the work, and I get to relax a bit. Well sort of.
Leave it to my dad to obtain a tea literally from obscurity. But that’s what makes this so fun. I wouldn’t and shouldn’t always be writing about teas that are easily accessible and easily well-known. I take pride in trying something new in all facets of my life whenever possible. With that said I’m so grateful to have had my first cup of White Tea & Blueberry from ManzaTe of Costa Rica.
It used to be that I would initially write-off and have presumptions, preconceived notions, and other nasty things to say about something before even trying it. Just because something is unfamiliar doesn’t mean it should be frowned upon or put on the back burner. It could easily be a treasure that otherwise would be forgotten.
There won’t be much in the way of pictures of steeping and prepping, because, once again my dad broke this out with little notice. I love when an idea falls into my lap when I’m not looking for it.
What a thrill this was to sip. Even if it were disappointing, I would still find so many positives about this experience. Hanging out with family and the people you care about is always a positive. And when the tea is great, it definitely is an added bonus.
Yes this tea is delicious. It was so easy to sip and those blueberries taste natural, and not artificial. Well at least I hope so. There’s not much information about this specific tea online.
However, there are online stores where you can purchase their other flavors. I have two links for you, here and here.
But no Nowruz gathering would be complete without some sweet Iranian pastries that we have more than once a year. Trust me. We go overboard here. We tend to have these at least once a month. The honey based pastries complement the white tea and blueberries to a tea. Ha I made myself laugh with that one.
If you would like to find out more about these sweet treats, here are the links for Jalebi, Bamiyeh, and Persian Baklava. All of this is so good and so beautiful.
This is a tradition that I hope goes on forever. And I just don’t mean celebrating New Years and enjoying a meal, a cup, and some sweet treats with my dad and other family. I would like it to happen as much as possible. And not all of them are meant to be shared. As some are meant to be kept internal between yourself, the people you shared them with, and the universe.
If time permits and the opportunity presents itself I would like to write about another tea in another of Iranian New Year. I figure I have a window of a few weeks to write about a Persian tea if I get the chance. I hope I do. I will hopefully make that happen. But like with this experience, it will best come organically.
And If I get another chance to write about ManzaTe, I will. This was a wonderful first impression. It was easy to drink, easy to appreciate the smells, but most importantly it’s about family and being around great company that you appreciate and that appreciate you back.
This is what life, at any time of year is all about.
I look forward to what April brings. But for now Happy New Year and Happy Early part of Spring.