There’s no wonder that at this time of year, people across the country are exuding harvest time hurrahs. Harvest is an important time in the lives of mankind. It means food, drink, clothing (cotton, etc.), and just about everything around us.
Crops are actually harvested at different times during the year, depending on which crop it is. Some are harvested throughout the year. Tea is a good example, with three or even four harvests per year. However, in the Northern Hemisphere we are used to a big harvest time in the Fall.
Some of those crops (click on each photo to see details):
Of course, pumpkins and squash are the well-known crops gathered up this time of year, and for many of us pumpkin flavoring is a welcome addition to everything from pies, breads, and muffins to pumpkin spice tea lattés. Depending on the climate, farmers can even harvest broccoli, carrots, gourmet greens, beets, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, and kale during the Fall. Don’t forget grapes ripened on rows of vines, pears growing in the orchards, and tomatoes that are still lingering on their vines in your backyard garden. Chrysanthemums bloom profusely at this time of year, adding splashes of color to front doorsteps and walkways. Apples and cranberries are more Fall favorites, but did you know that guavas and pomegranates are harvested at this time of year, too? And the Florida orange crop is being rounded up about now along with various nuts like pecans that you love for your holiday baking.
“Large scale” crops grown primarily in the Midwestern regions of the U.S. such as corn, soybeans, and Summer wheat are harvested at this time of year. Corn is especially traditional for Harvest Festivals, where corn mazes are often featured attractions for young and old alike. These festivals usually take place between the Autumnal Equinox (about 22nd or 23rd of September) and the first half of October. Events that include parades, band contests, bike races, hayrides, arts and crafts shows, music acts, and “harvest princess” pageants.
A few examples (click on each photo to see details and site URLs):
What do a lot of the above crops have in common? They are used in tea blends and herbal infusions, such as these (click on each photo to see details and where to buy*):
Don’t forget those Fall-flavored treats for a tea time that’s complete where a lot of these crops play a major role (click on each photo to see details and where to buy*):
Of course, a fresh crop of friends and family to help you enjoy it all is good, too. You’ll all say “Hurrah!”
Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Tea Latté
It’s pumpkin time! That means pumpkin spice tea, and that means pumpkin spice tea lattés! Easy to make and a flavor that will last in your memory for months to come (in a very good way).
|Amounts:||2 grams (1 tsp) dried tea leaves for 8 oz. water|
|Water Temp:||212°F (100°C)|
- Put water and dry tea into a saucepan
- Heat water and dry tea to boiling
- Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes
- Add 4 ozs milk (whole or 2%, some fat content is needed) and 1-2 tsps of sugar (per your taste)
- Bring to a boil (be careful not to over boil), then simmer 2 minutes
- Strain into a 12-ounce or larger mug or teapot
Note: Use more of the dry tea mix if you want a stronger flavor.
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