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Ambessa Tea Stories: Choco Nut Balsamic Reduction

By Ashley Beck | March 7, 2013


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As Marcus told Tea Magazine in an interview, “Tea was always in the cards from day one, it’s part of the restaurant in every sense, from the bar to sipping a cup to cooking with it.” Not only is tea steeped in tradition, the ritual of drinking tea has a healing power to it, and has a way of bringing people together. It provides a certain level of comfort and is a great way to healthfully flavor our favorite foods.  


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This week I indulged in a luscious cup of Ambessa’s Choco-Nut Tea, the richness of dark chocolate, caramel, and peanut flavors were overly abundant that I thought I may as well be eating a candy bar.Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to read on the tin that Ambessa’s Choco-Nut Tea contains only black tea, apricots, and marigold petals all of which are much healthier than a candy bar, and the last of which presents us with even more curing qualities.

Marigold petals or Calendula contain carotenoids,(vitamin A like compounds) which are anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating, great for digestion and menstrual symptoms. Furthermore, the flowers have water-soluble polysaccharides and saponins that have been used to heal stomach ulcers.


Photo: FoodMayhem

After contemplating the health and taste benefits of the Choco Nut Blend, I thought it would be a great addition to balsamic reduction and would compliment the sweet yet tangy flavor.

What’s more, this Choco Nut Balsamic Reduction recipe can be used in/on all kinds of tasty dishes.

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