Ilan Kindness - Rosella Berry
Everyone needs kind friends, and the same is true for antioxidants - they work well together and can help to rejuvenate each other. It is especially useful to include both water-loving and lipid-loving antioxidants in our diet, to protect our body cells and their cell membranes from free radical damage. So for Ilan Kindness, we combined the best of our Australian ingredients; rosella, bush tomato, strawberry gum, strawberry, mango and Kakadu plum extract, along with blueberries and rosehip shells, and sprinkled with pretty cornflower petals - to deliver a super-antioxidant fusion tea! It's even better than we could imagine, either hot or iced! We hope you love it too!
Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers - Rosella. Wild harvested in Queensland.
Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a beautiful plant, native to tropical regions of Africa, and now naturalised in Asia and the Pacific Islands, including Australia. It is thought that rosella was introduced to Australia by Indonesian fisherman traders, thousands of years ago. It is widely cultivated in many other tropical and subtropical locations around the world, and the rosella in Ilan Style teas is wild harvested in Queensland. The herbal tea is made from the dried rosella flower petals which are full of antioxidants and other nutrients which can boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation. Rosella tea has a tart, cranberry-like fruit flavour and is often served hot or cold. This plant is all heart, it brings a stunning ruby red colour to Ilan Kindness tea!
Solanum centrale - Bush Tomato. Wild harvested in South Australia.
Bush tomato (Solanum centrale), sometimes called 'bush raisin' is a native Australian bushfood that grows in the desert regions of the country. They have been a part of Aboriginal diets for millennia and are valued for their caramel, nutty flavour and high nutritional content. Bush tomatoes are a source of protein, vitamin E and also minerals, including iron and also the antioxidant selenium (which is deficient in many Australian soils). Bush tomatoes can be eaten fresh, dried, or made into jams and chutneys. The bush tomato in Ilan Style tea is wild harvested in South Australia.
Eucalyptus olida - Strawberry Gum. Cultivated in Victoria.
Strawberry Gum is a rare and recently discovered Australian gumtree, growing wild in select regions of the NSW tablelands. Fortunately, this unique beauty is cultivated for culinary use, and it grows quite tall - and very quickly too. Strawberry gum leaves bring a delightful strawberry fragrance, and combine especially well with sweet dishes like cheesecake or creme brulee. In Ilan Kindness tea, the strawberry gum leaves delicately complement the strawberry fruit for a unique Australian flavour.
Strawberry Fragaria × ananassa cultivated in Victoria.
Strawberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit with a wide variety of health benefits. These little heart-shaped beauties are packed with antioxidants and vitamins like vitamin C and folate. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-microbial properties. Adding strawberries to your daily diet can be a sweet and nutritious way to be kind to your body. The strawberries in Ilan Kindness tea are cultivated in Victoria.
Terminalia ferdinandiana - Kakadu Plum extract, from wild harvested Kakadu plum in NT and WA.
The Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is an amazing fruit native to Australia. It is a small, round fruit with a thin, hard shell and a soft, juicy pulp. The Kakadu plum is incredibly rich in antioxidants, and also contains vitamins, minerals and fibre. It can be eaten fresh, dried, or made into jams, jellies, and sauces. The Kakadu plum is a nutritious and versatile fruit that has been used by Australian Aboriginal people for thousands of years. We love this plant so much and have included the extract in Ilan Kindness.