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1001dinners 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. grayelf RE: 1001dinners Sep 9, 2011 01:43 PM

    I usually refer to the twig and berries type of teas as tisanes. This is a decent link talking about the different categories: http://coffeetea.about.com/od/teaandt...

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      bushwickgirl RE: grayelf Sep 10, 2011 04:33 PM

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

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