From Orange Pekoe to Earl Grey, tea is enjoyed by millions of people around the world every day as they continue a tradition that's been around for thousands of years. Tea is not only tasty, but healthy, too. According to the Tea Association of the USA, tea's natural antioxidant properties can help boost the immune system and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. For more information, log on to www.teausa.org.
Hand-crafted, silk infusers preserve the flavor of Tea Forte's delicate leaves. Each three-use infuser contains whole-leaf teas and herbs that release tea's most sublime aroma and flavor when steeped in hot water. Also available are ceramic Café Cups and tea trays specially designed for pyramid infusers. A six-count tea sampler is $10.95; Café Cup is $19.95 and set of two tea trays is $5.95 at La Belle Cuisine, Allentown, 610-820-5534.
Available in a variety of primary colors, Unity's graceful and durable Tetsubim cast iron teapots include a built-in infuser basket for ease of tea preparation. Find them for $29.99 at TJ Maxx, Bethlehem, 610-317-0930, or Whitehall, 610-266-6172.
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Children can enjoy formal teatime as much as adults with smaller cups that won't slip from tiny hands. Invite younger guests to sip herbal or fruit teas from colorful china that includes sugar bowl and creamer. $7.95-$19.95 at Paul Douglas Home Furnishings & Gifts, Easton 610-923-6383.
For the extra-thirsty tea drinker, tri-color ceramic teapot may be paired with matching cups available in regular, cappucino and espresso sizes. Teapot $5.50, cups from $2/each (regular size, shown). Cocoon, Wescosville, 610-395-3995.
Shopping The Valley: Teatime Tradition
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