Your Asian meals would not be complete without fortune cookies and Asian candy. The origin of these tasty proverbs is controversial. Some say that the cookies' roots date all the way back to the 13th and 14th century in China, when rebels of the Mongolian occupancy hid messages inside moon cakes, secretly letting each other know when they were planning a revolt. Some argue that the cookies were invented in 1914 by a Japanese-American in San Francisco. Still others will claim that the founder of a Los Angeles-based Hong Kong noodle company invented the after-dinner treats as a means of inspiration for unemployed World War I veterans.
Regardless of where and when fortune cookies really originated, they have become a post-meal tradition in today's world. Both young and old alike look forward to the crunchy sweet flavor and hidden message inside. Be sure to make your dessert complete with a hot cup of green tea or german coffee.
Did you know that black, oolong and Chinese green tea all come from the leaves of the same plant--Camellia sinensis? The difference between the brews lies in the processing of the tea leaves. Green tea leaves are processed differently than the others. Steaming rather than fermenting preserves the antioxidant properties and maintains that distinctive green color. Preserving the antioxidants in the leaves is important because green tea is believed to have many healthful benefits, including:
- Reducing the risk of cancer
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Reducing blood pressure
- Preventing cardiovascular disease
- Helping boost the immune system
- Dieting aid
Order some today and discover why Asian tea drinkers have been enjoying the light and lively flavor and healthful rewards of Chinese green tea for over 4,000 years.
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