Tea and food and how they taste together has been a topic of much discussion over many long years among those dedicated to this wonderful beverage. Getting the right pairings can make your meal an ethereal experience. However, when it comes to some foods, tea can be not just a wonderful accompaniment but a real tongue saver, especially after eating foods that assault your tastebuds without mercy. Ever get one of those pre-packaged entrees at the grocery store where the photo on the outside looks so good but the food inside is, uh, well, shall we say of such a flavor that it’s a great substitute for ipecac? I’m not going to be naming names here, but it’s happened to me more than once.
So, how does tea help your tastebuds recover from a torrential culinary onslaught? By cleansing the palate, of course! You have two options here:
- Have a nice mouthful of tea that you swish around your mouth in-between bites of that stuff you’re eating because you’re really hungry and the pizza place doesn’t deliver that late.
- Eat really fast so the food isn’t on your tongue very long (and try to hold your nose while eating, which will reduce your perception of taste) and then gulp and swish some strong-tasting tea around your mouth.
Whichever method you choose, choose with care the tea that will be your tongue saver.
Lemon is well known as a palate cleanser, so having some Black Tea Flavored with Lemon will give you doubly effective relief. Hot or cold, this tea will relieve the stress caused by that noxious food’s ill effects on your mouth. Another option is Tangiers Lemon Flavored White Tea, with its authentic lemon flavoring and delicate white tea character.
There are other teas, though, that have a fairly strong flavor to help you recover from foods that are too acrid or spicy or just plain “weird” tasting. Lapsang Souchong, with its strong pine smoke taste, is a good option. It’s a tea from theFujianProvince ofChina, grown in a pristine area of theWuyiMountains; supposedly, its smoky flavor came about by accident due to the need for a speedy drying of the tea leaves to get them to market on time and thus using pinewood fires.
Mint-flavored teas are another good option that you might use as that after-meal palate cleanser. Go desserty with Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea and accomplish two goals at the same time: dispel that yucky taste and soothe your craving for some high-calorie after-dinner treat.
Jasmine teas are yet another choice. The strong floral notes can overcome that “urge to purge” as you are gulping down that less than satisfying sustenance. A hearty Assam tea steeped up strong and taken with milk will help when you underestimate how much chili powder or other spices are in that frozen entrée.
Just a few options to get you thinking. Yes, folks, even when you are so hungry you will eat one of those insipid pre-packaged entrées, you can save your tongue from permanent damage with a good cuppa palate cleansing tea!
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