Seeing Red at Tea Time

Elizabethan Pantry Strawberry Preserves with Champagne (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
Elizabethan Pantry Strawberry Preserves with Champagne (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Seeing red at tea time is more common than you might think. No, we’re not talking about getting your ire up. We’re talking about red teawares, red tea time treats, and even red tea. Who knew red could be such an enjoyable color?

Red Teawares

Red is certainly popular for teawares during the Christmas and Valentine’s Day seasons, but it can be a great color all year round. The range of red hues is rather broad, also, going from almost purple at one end to almost orange at the other. Don’t forget red tea towels, tablecloths, and napkins. Might as well go all the way here!

Red Tea Time Treats

There are lots of red fruits, of course, from strawberries, cherries, and raspberries to apples and red plums, and there are also jams and preserves made from these fruits like Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves. All are great as tea time treats, too! Whether served atop a biscuit or scone, baked into a pie or in something like Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewells, or served up fresh with cheeses and crackers, these red tea time treats are palate pleasing. Another sweet treat is red velvet cake (also good as cupcakes) with not only a beautiful color but also a wonderful texture and taste.

Observe the reddish hue of this English Breakfast Blend tea! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)
Observe the reddish hue of this English Breakfast Blend tea! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Red Tea

You know it as “black tea” but the liquid is usually a deep ruby red, especially from Assam teas and blends that include this type of tea. This true “red tea” (unlike the stuff called “red tea” which is really made from Rooibos) is great for tea time, since it seems to be a natural accompaniment for most of the types of foods people think of for such occasions.

So, before you sign up for those anger management classes, relax — seeing red at tea time is perfectly normal. Enjoy!

See also:
Red Tea vs Black Tea — More Tea Nomenclature Debacles

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