Tuesday, January 12, 2016

APCC Tea Experience: Samoa

Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) offers a Tea Experience on the first Saturday of each month. It's an opportunity to discover and learn more about the teas, the culture, and the traditions of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

The December 5th Tea Experience featured Samoan Laumoli tea.  Our presenter, Siniva, is a retired nurse who shares her knowledge and experience to advocate for health in the community.

Part of the display included a vivid red necklace which is an 'Ula Fala made from pandanus and typically worn by chiefs on special occasions.

Laumoli is made from the leaves of the lemon tree. Samoan lemon tree leaves are larger than those sold in North America and can be harvested year-round. Since the trees are prevalent in Samoa, Laumoli tea is also prevalent and generally enjoyed in the morning.  This healthy beverage has been passed down through generations and, though there is no story behind it, it is appreciated for its refreshing aroma and taste.

  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Add laumoli leaves and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Add sugar to taste and serve with food.  
Traditionally, laumoli is enjoyed with rice made with fresh coconut milk, crackers, or sometimes with other food.

Freshly prepared laumoli fills the room with a clean, bright citrus aroma and the taste is a pleasantly mellow and refreshing citrus with none of the astringency of the fruit.  It's a delight to drink!

Thank you to Siniva and to APCC for another wonderful Tea Experience!

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