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Tea anyone? – MasterChef SA

01 March 2022
A glimpse at popular teas.

By Shevona Ann Ponnusamy

In the first episode of MasterChef SA season 4, the contestants had to create delicious rooibos-infused dishes. While tea has become popular in cooking and is a delicious drink to be enjoyed,  it's also a lifestyle and part of the culture for many people around the world. With that being said, let's look at some popular teas.


Chai tea is a delicious spicy tea that dates back thousands of years ago to both India and China. Over the years the recipe has evolved and sometimes a variety of spices can be added. However, the most popular ones added to the tea are often cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger


Green tea

There are a variety of green teas in the world, but it originates in China. The tea can have a herbaceous taste but can also be very bitter. Green tea is often touted as having many health benefits. 



This is a Japanese tea that has a very distinct, bitter taste and is very dark in colour.  This is because the tea leaves are grown in full sun. 


Darjeeling tea

As the name suggests, this is a tea found in parts of the Darjeeling district in West India. It is said to be one of the most important teas as it has a geographical trademark on it. The tea is known for its sweeter taste. 


Chamomile tea

This sweet and floral flavour tea is known for its calming effects. It is enjoyed worldwide.



A fermented black or green tea which is often sweetened and consumed cold. It's enjoyed around many parts of the world and is popular for its health benefits.

Earl Grey

This tea is a popular English tea flavoured with the oil of bergamot, which gives it a unique taste. 



The king of South African tea is grown in the fynbos and know for its red colour, hence the name.  This tea is very rich in antioxidants. Another popular South African tea is honeybush.

Watch the contestants in action as they create rooibos-infused dishes. 

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