The first rule of pairing tea with food is that there are no rules -- only suggestions.  Here are some Bigelow family favorites we hope you will enjoy as much as we do.  And in return, we'd love to hear some of your personal pairing favorites.  It is fun to swap and compare new experiences... just like a fine wine paired with a favorite dish!

Black/Earl GreyThis refined yet bold black tea is highlighted by fragrant citrus notes, the result of Bigelow's marriage of single-batch tea leaves and the finest, first cold press bergamot oil from Calabria, Italy. Earl Grey's smooth flavor and bright citrus aroma perfectly complement the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes, duck, and dark chocolate, such as these Bigelow dishes:
 
Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli
Lamb Kebabs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Custard or Creme Brulee
 
Darjeeling
An elegant black tea grown high in the remote Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling is revered for its delicate astringency balanced by a fragrant, nutty aroma. Its delicately robust spice and woody muscatel notes marry well with rich, creamy, or spice-forward red meat dishes, highlighted in these Bigelow favorites:
 
Earls Peppery Chicken
Pomegranate Pepper Steaks
Roast Pork Loin with Spice Apple Cider Apples
 
Black – English Teatime
English Teatime is a classic cup of tea, perfect for any time of day. This black tea's smooth, full-bodied structure shows light malty notes with a bold, clean finish. Rich, invigorating, and versatile, English Teatime is the perfect complement to chocolate, pork, and poultry pairing perfectly with these mouth-watering Bigelow recipes:
 
Chamomile Braised Chicken
Ham and Pear Sandwiches
Chocolate SweeTEA Pie
 
Green Tea
Enjoyed for its rich “feel good” benefits and for its lightly-toasted, grassy aroma and smooth taste, Bigelow green tea is a great lift any time of day. Bigelow's variety of green teas suit any occasion and palate, whether you love your green tea traditional, sweet and fruit-forward, or aromatically floral.
 
Fruity Green Teas (Mango, Peach, Pomegranate)
Bigelow marries the clean, lightly grassy notes of traditional premium green tea with rich fruit essences in these refreshing and tasty teas. The result is a special blend that is mellow, lightly astringent, and smooth, highlighted by earthy fruit notes and sweet accents. These powerful teas pair perfectly with summer fruit, salads and greens, and grilled fish and chicken, such as in these recipes:
 
Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Turkey, Watercress and Cranberry Sandwiches
Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches
 
Classic Green Tea
Like our other green tea varietals, Bigelow's classic green tea is grown at high elevation to extract the best flavor. Our traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew pairs perfectly with lighter dishes such as rice, chicken, fish and other seafood, highlighted by these recipes:
 
Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Lemon Ginger Shrimp
Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits
 
Floral Green Tea (Jasmine, Mint)
Bigelow's floral green teas are fragrant and refreshing, with a smooth structure highlighted by notes of flowers or bright, fresh herbs and citrus. This clean, refreshing brew marries well with light, fresh foods such as berries, delicate fish, and chicken. We think these Bigelow selections stand up well with these delicious recipes:
 
Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad
Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth
 
Herbal Tea
Flavorful, aromatic, and delicious, Bigelow's varied selection of herbal teas are caffeine-free, flavorful, aromatic blends of carefully-curated ingredients like flowers, herbs, and fruit.  With a wide variety of flavor options, from sassy sweet to tangy and tart, we hope you’ll enjoy these selections as much as we do:
 
Herbal Floral (Pure Chamomile, Mint, Peppermint varietals)
Bigelow's chamomile teas soothe and satisfy. With a honey-colored hue and a sweet, floral bouquet with subtle lemon nuance, these teas pair particularly well with baked goods and sweets. Here are just a few delicious treats to excite your taste buds:
 
I Love Lemon® Quick Bread
Gluten-free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins
 
Herbal Sweet
(Red Raspberry, Perfect Peach, Chamomile Mango, Orange & Spice, Pomegranate Pizzazz, Cranberry Hibiscus, Wild Blueberry with Acai, Sweetheart Cinnamon, Ginger Snappish, Apple Cider, Cranberry Apple, Cinnamon Apple, Fruit & Almond, Rooibos with Asian Pear)
Bigelow sweet herbal teas are sweetly infused with bold ripe fruit married with undertones of rich spices and lightly-toasted florals, finished with soft citrus notes. These notes shine when paired with sweet breakfast foods, baked goods, and spicy dishes. Here are our favorite pairing suggestions:
 
Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast
Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins
Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon
 
Herbal Tart (Chamomile Citrus, Lemon Ginger, I Love Lemon)
With a well-structured floral bouquet of flowers, lemon and melon offset with subtle notes of vanilla, these teas have a subtle tart, clean finish and excellent balance – a perfect choice to accent dishes like grilled tofu or chicken, vegetables, and light, berry-forward desserts such as these favorites:

Orange & Spice Pureed Carrots
Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu
Raspberry Royale Angel Food Cake