Thursday, September 22, 2005

Is sun tea safe?

The University of Colorado website has a warning about sun tea.

"Sun tea" is simply tea made by placing tea leaves in a container of room-temperature water and placing the container in sunlight, which heats the water enough to produce a tea infusion in a few hours. The long brewing times, however, give potentially harmful bacteria a chance to grow, and incidents of people getting sick from sun tea have been reported.

A safer alternative is to let the tea brew overnight in the refrigerator. In Japan, this is one way of brewing barley tea, which essentially is roasted barley steeped in water.

—Mellow Monk

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