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Sep 5, 2011 05:51 PM


Of late I have been noticing the vast number of dried fruit and berry mixtures available described as tea.
This seems to be a bit of a stretch from the original Chinese teaclassified by Linnaeus as Camellia sinensis. When is a tea not a tea. should we not respect the original and just call the rest of them infusions or some thing like that?

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  1. I usually refer to the twig and berries type of teas as tisanes. This is a decent link talking about the different categories:

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    1. re: grayelf

      Your link clarifies the tea/not tea issue nicely, with proper terminology.