I’ve always enjoyed mythology. The stories of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hercules, and many more were always thrilling. I could read for hours about their exploits.
So you ask, what does green tea have to do with mythology?
I’ve been looking for a green tea with apple and spice since I lost my beloved Apple Chai Green tea a few years ago. I think I found a delicious one to join my selection of Green Teas and I hope you will agree too. This one also has apple pieces, which links it to mythology and the two stories I am going to tell you.
Story number one. Apples made of gold...who wouldn’t want to get their hands on some of those? The answer, if you’re talking about ancient mythology, is nobody. Why? Because of their ability to bestow eternal life. According to ancient Greek tales, the 11th labor of Hercules says the mythic hero searched out the golden apples of the Garden of the Hesperides. Unfortunately for Hercules, these particular golden apples were guarded by Ladon, an incredibly fierce one hundred-headed dragon that never slept. Still, Hercules wouldn’t be Hercules if he hadn’t defeated the fearsome beast and made off with the apples, which he later presented to the god Zeus.
Story number two. This is from Norse mythology and tells of the theft of golden apples owned by the gods Loki, Odin, and Thor. Anyone thinking about the Marvel movies yet? In this story, the three gods go on a camping trip. During the trip, Loki is taken hostage by a giant eagle. The eagle demands that Loki hands over the goddess Idun, keeper of the apples. Like the Greeks, the Norse believed the apples bestowed eternal life and gave the gods their power. I can tell you Loki’s companions weren’t thrilled with the situation. In any event, the gods got their apples and Idun back, and all was well. Can you see why I find these stories so much fun and can spend hours enjoying their tales?
So, who wants to know about my new green tea?
It is aptly named Apple Spice Green Tea. It contains green tea, apple pieces, cinnamon, rose, and safflower petals. This tea brews to a gentle apple flavor peppered with hints of cinnamon, perfect for fall or any time of the year. It is excellent, both hot and cold. I found that the flavor enhances as the tea cools. This tea can stand on its own but can also handle a smidge of honey to bring out the sweetness of the apples.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the mythological stories I shared. I encourage you to raise a cup of Apple Spice Green Tea to the ancient Greek gods who inspired this email.