“W” is for Wild Blueberry White Tea

Breathe deeply when brewing this beautifully fragrant Wild Blueberry White Tea from Octavia Tea and delight in its luscious berry aroma.  Using an exceptionally good quality water when brewing this tea produces a beautiful pink tea.  Think of using this tea for baby girl showers, breast cancer fundraisers or just to celebrate pink.  Certified Organic by USDA Octavia blends Wild Blueberry White Tea using organic Bai Mu Dan white tea from Fujian, China, organic hibiscus, organic blueberries, and natural blueberry flavor. The tea has a gentle sweetness from the blueberries which are a super fruit and slightly sweet-tart quality from hibiscus.  White tea is known for its detoxifying, stress relieving properties and contains powerful antioxidants and anti-aging properties. So drinking Wild Blueberry white tea is an excellent healthy alternative to other drinks.

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At the tearoom, we often baked using tea.  The flavor of blueberries wafting through the air greeted our former customers at the tearoom for years.  Blueberry shortbread made with Octavia Tea’s Wild Blueberry White Tea was a tearoom favorite for many years and is still a family favorite.

Blueberry White Tea Shortbread

Pulse together in the bowl of a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp. Octavia Blueberry White Tea leaves
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Blend together with pulverized tea and sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed.

  • 2 cups of butter, softened
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Add  the following slowly while blending with an electric mixer on medium speed just until the dough is smooth.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Fold in using a spatula:

  • ½ cup chopped dried blueberries (optional)

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and form into logs with flat/square sides. Wrap the log in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes or best if overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Slice cookies about ¼ -inch thick and place the slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 1-inch apart.

Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are set and lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes then use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. Let the cookies cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

NOTE: Cookies can be frozen for up to three weeks. Unbaked dough can be frozen up to three months.

Blueberry white tea shortbread

If you’d like more information about Octavia Tea Company or if you’d like to experience this unusual tea for yourself, check out Octavia Tea Company’s website HERE.  You can also find their teas at specialty and gourmet shops.

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This post is part of an A-2-Z Writing Challenge for the month of April where you write everyday except Sundays with the next letter of the alphabet.

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