Dear Family and Friends,
When we lived in the USA I enjoyed going to Fiesta Foods to shop because it was a supermarket that catered to the Hispanic population in our area. I looked forward to having a cup of horchata. It is a sweet white drink that was made from rice milk and cinnamon.
When we moved to Ecuador and I saw the horchata tea offered I was disappointed that it was an herbal tea and not the delicious white sweet drink I was accustomed to.
Well, my friends, I have been on a health kick lately and the horchata (herbal) tea of Ecuador has become a very good friend of mine.
Lourdes and I go to the market. We buy the fresh herbs to make the tea.
Here is a closer look.
We bring it home and put it on to make tea. We add some ginger just for a little more health benefit.
I drink this tea cold over ice. I add a little Splenda and some lemon. It is very refreshing and so much better for me than the diet soda. I haven't completely given up on diet soda but when I am at home I drink this tea instead.
This is what it looks like in the pitcher. The red color comes from the blossoms on the plants.
One other thing I want to share. Our friend, Howard, gave Chuck some orchid plants a year or so ago. We have them in the glassed in part of our patio. Every so often one of them blooms.
We are enjoying this display right now....glad it waited until we returned from Spain to put on it's show.