Every time I travelled to a new place, I always like to try a speciality that town might have.
As we roamed around the alleys of Barrio Santa Cruz in the centre of Seville, a pleasant smell drawn myself to one of the shops not far away from the Real Alcazar.
My steps stopped right in front of the shop. There were woven baskets arranged horizontally in two separate planar wooden surface. Labels in Spanish were provided for each of them. I stood there observing closer into the baskets, one after another. They looked pretty much like the stuff you put into a pot pourris knot and they smelled like one too.
After a while puzzling with my senses, I finally understood that those were the mixtures of dried leaves, sorted to form different kind of teas. I later noticed they were mixture of pieces of dried fruit, flower petals, as well as herbs in the baskets.
Being a tea person myself, I decided to buy one of them and try it out myself when I got home. There were many options to choose from and I was unable to make up my mind in the beginning.
Looking at how confused I was, Anto went in to get a recommendation from the shop assistant. She was very much helpful and she suggested her best seller, “Te Essencias De Sevilla”. I agreed to buy a small bag of 200g at €7.
It was the next day home that I unpacked the green bag of the tea and decided to brew a spoon while waiting for Anto to come home from his working shift.
On my first sip I couldn’t exactly tell what the flavour was. So I sipped it again, again, and then I smelled it– thinking hard to guess the aroma.
It tasted naturally sweet, flowery and fruity all at the same time. The pleasant smell soothed me. It was the best flavour combination of tea I’ve ever tasted.
I quickly returned to the kitchen for the label on the tea pack.
It read in Spanish “Té verde, piña, papaya, manzana, naranja, rosas, calendula y aroma natural”, which means (according to Google Translate) “Green tea, pineapple, papaya, apple, orange, roses, marigold and natural”.
Wow, that’ s a handful of rich ingredients!
I am so much addicted to the tea lately and I’ll be a little bit worried every time I scoop out a spoon of it — afraid that the stock will finish out very soon. Yes, I know it will. When it does, perhaps I should buy another ticket to Sevilla again?