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Real Tea For A Summer Day

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Article from Edible Jersey Magazine Summer 2014

 

REAL TEA FOR A SUMMER DAY

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Photograph courtesy of MaryAnna’s Tea

A lifelong tea lover, Mary Ann Rollano always had a fresh pitcher of iced tea in her fridge, but it took a layoff from her job as a registered nurse for her to turn it into a business.

“I drink iced tea all the time and could never find a good bottled one,” she says. “I often thought, ‘I make a better-tasting tea than this!’” As a challenge to herself, Rollano began working with the Rutgers Food Innovation Center five years ago to try to bring her tea to the masses. Rollano was committed to producing an all-natural product, using real tea leaves, lightly sweetened with lemon juice and pure cane sugar. She soon discovered that many bottlers refused to brew tea leaves (which result in a waste product) and most wanted to substitute lemon juice concentrates for real lemon juice.

It took some time, but Rollano finally found the right fit (the bottler donates the discarded tea leaves to a pig farmer), and the hard work has paid off. Her bottled iced tea was awarded first place in the 2012 North American Tea Championship for best flavored black tea. Rollano, who interacts with her customers at tastings in various food stores across the state, says, “Many are surprised to learn what real brewed iced tea tastes like.”

Rollano also pays homage to her Jersey Shore home; her labels showcase a perfect summer day at the beach, complete with surfer girls and an old-fashioned woody wagon. MaryAnna’s, though named for its creator, is a family affair. Those girls on the label just so happen to be her daughters, and her husband makes the deliveries— in that woody.

MaryAnna’s teas are sold directly through the company’s website and in specialty stores and markets throughout New Jersey.

—Nancy DePalma

MaryAnna’s Tea
Point Pleasant
877.267.8898
maryannastea.com

Posted in Edible Jersey, health, iced tea, North American Tea Championship, summer, tea

Apple Banana Tea Smoothie

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 Apple Banana Tea Smoothie

 

I have been making a lot of fruit smoothies lately. I make mine dairy free but add protein in a variety of other ways. Here is one I created yesterday that got rave reviews from my smoothie drinking daughters. If you are a smoothie lover, I hope you enjoy it as well.

Smoothies are great because they have everything - fruit, antioxidants and protein all in a quick refreshing beverage that is filling and nutritious!

Ingredients

  • ½ bottle (8 oz.) MaryAnna’s® Summer Sweet Tea™, chilled
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • cinnamon

 Total Time -  5 min

 Servings -  2

 

Preparation

  1. Process all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour in tall glass with straw. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve and enjoy your delicious smoothie!

Posted in antioxidents, dairy free, tea smoothie

Why Drink Summer Sweet Tea?

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The gloriously warm days of summer are just around the corner, I can feel it. And along with it comes the best drink of the season, sweet iced tea. Good home brewed sweet tea is seemingly simple to make but mastering the art takes a little time. Learning from my mother, I have been brewing sweet tea almost every day for 30 years. My goal is to bring that same wonderful iced tea to you.

I take great care in brewing my tea with only premium ingredients and no artificial flavorings. The best way to make great tasting tea is by the infusion method, allowing the tea leaves to unfurl in the hot water releasing all of its wonderful flavors. I use a custom blend of high quality black tea leaves, flavor with pure cane sugar and add 100% lemon juice for a bit of pure flavor.

Tea is a natural source of antioxidants and growing evidence suggests antioxidants have many positive health benefits. Since our tea is directly brewed just before bottling, it maintains the same level of antioxidants found in a freshly brewed cup of tea.

But what about all those calories from sugar you ask? The sugar I use is pure cane so it is not genetically modified, like high fructose corn syrup. Again, I do not use anything that is artificial in my iced teas.

Remember, sugar is not the devil; you can savor the joy of sweetness if you remember to take everything in moderation. The human body runs on glucose.

One teaspoon of granulated white sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. My Summer Sweet Tea contains about 2 teaspoons per serving. A gram of sugar contains 4 calories. One serving of my iced tea is about 38 calories.

Here is a little chart you might find interesting.

Calories burned per mile by walking

 

Speed/Pounds

100 lb

120 lb

140 lb

160 lb

180 lb

200 lb

220 lb

250 lb

275 lb

300 lb

2.0mph

57

68

80

91

102

114

125

142

156

170

2.5mph

55

65

76

87

98

109

120

136

150

164

3.0mph

53

64

74

85

95

106

117

133

146

159

3.5mph

52

62

73

83

94

104

114

130

143

156

4.0mph

57

68

80

91

102

114

125

142

156

170

4.5mph

64

76

89

102

115

127

140

159

175

191

5.0mph

73

87

102

116

131

145

160

182

200

218

                      Med Sci Sports Exerc 2000;32 (Suppl):S498-S516.

 

So fill a nice tall glass bursting with ice and indulge in a simple, healthful pleasure. 

It just tastes good!

P.S.  A glass of wine is about 100 calories.

 

Posted in antioxidants, calories, high fructose corn syrup, iced tea, sugar, summer, sweet tea, tea, wine

Hurricane Sandy at the Jersey Shore

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The Jersey Shore scenes so endearing to many of us have been replaced by very sad devastation. 

I built my iced tea company at the Jersey Shore incorporating a beach theme because I love the beach so much. It's the most beautiful, relaxing place on earth. David Turton photographed the original beach scene you see on our labels at Manasquan Beach, NJ. 

Hurricane Sandy damaged many of our beautiful beaches and shore towns. David Turton has taken some incredible photos of Sandy’s effects. They are a must see.

The people of the Jersey Shore love it here as much as I do and we will rebuild.

Please visit the gallery and share this post. All proceeds from David's Hurricane Sandy gallery will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Thank you so much!

http://davidturton.smugmug.com

 

 Bay Head dunes after Sandy 

This is what's left of the dunes and beach in Bay Head, NJ. The pilings are from an old boardwalk that I think is from the 1930's.

The rocks and pilings were completely covered by a sand dune prior to Sandy.

Posted in Hurricane Sandy, iced tea, Jersey Shore, tea

Judges Award MaryAnna’s® Summer Sweet Tea First Place

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 North American Tea Championship Judges

Award MaryAnna’s® Summer Sweet Tea First Place

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (May 15, 2012) -- Recognizing the best tasting iced teas, the North American Tea Championship (NATC) is shining the spotlight on the most notable, high-quality bottled iced teas commercially available in the North American marketplace.

The North American Tea Championship held in May 2012 in Montebello, Calif. at the Wilbur Curtis headquarters, evaluated premium iced teas in the Ready-to-Drink, Food Service and Instant tea categories.

In recognition of its superior evaluation, the World Tea Media presented the First Place North American Tea Championship Award to MaryAnna’s Tea LLC for its MaryAnna’s® – Summer Sweet Tea. MaryAnna’s® Summer Sweet Tea won first place in the Ready-to-Drink – Flavored Black tea category of the 2012 Iced Tea Class.

To choose the recipient of this award, the judging panel of professional cuppers assessed each submission through blind organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: flavor, body, color, clarity, and balance. The ratings of each characteristic were used to calculate an overall numerical value on a 100-point scale, and winners were determined by rank.

MaryAnna's® Tea owner, Mary Ann Rollano, who started her own bottled iced tea brand in 2008, said, "It's wonderful to get positive feedback from customers about your tea, but being honored by industry experts brings it to a whole new level. A competition like this not only gives us recognition for winning first-place, but also acknowledges our ability to create the finest bottled iced tea brewed from real tea leaves. The World Tea Expo is known in the industry for highlighting premium, specialty teas. For a small company like ours to place above nationally branded bottled iced teas is a real testament to the quality of our product.”

 “Nearly 250 teas were entered into this class of 20 categories and the ratings were close”, according to Jie Chen, Competition Manager of The North American Tea Championship.

A complete list of first-, second- and third-place winners of the North American Tea Championship is available at http://www.TeaChampionship.com

About MaryAnna’s Tea LLC

MaryAnna’s® Tea is micro-brewed and bottled directly, preserving the flavors and healthy nutrients inherent in tea. The suggested retail price for a 16-ounce glass bottle is $2.49 and available in three flavors, Summer Sweet Tea (lemon) and Berry Sweet Tea (raspberry), and Peachy Sweet Tea (peach) at natural and specialty food markets. For more information go to http://www.maryannastea.com

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Posted in health, iced tea, North American Tea Championship, premium tea, specialty tea, tea

 

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