Ah, fall. Pretty leaves, cozy sweaters, crisp weather and…germs. With school back in full swing and the weather turning cooler, we’re exposed to a variety of everyday illnesses that we don’t usually have to worry about during summer. While the common cold and other pesky contagious viruses are pretty much unavoidable, there are plenty of things you can do to alleviate some symptoms. This year, try adding herbal tea to your treatment plan.
When Extra Crispy's Editor, Ryan Grim, handed me a box of Teapigs popcorn tea, I was a bit confused. Popcorn tea? Like, tea made from my favorite salty snack? And then I smelled it, and it came to me: This was genmaicha, a special kind of Japanese green tea, just by a different name.
I can’t walk far in my neighborhood in the summer without seeing someone swigging from a bottle of cold brew. A few years ago, I probably would’ve only seen iced coffee—coffee brewed hot and immediately put on ice. I understand the sudden switch.
An elderly Khoi woman follows a trail of ants, watching them roll miniscule rooibos seeds into a nest underground. She stoops to her knees. Inside these anthills, she discovers Lilliputian granaries of seeds.