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1. Is ho-hoi-si actually tea?

Ho-hoi-si is called "tea" by those who consume it in the American Southwest. It is not a variety of the plant Camellia sinensis which grows only in tropical and subtropical areas.

2. Although native peoples consider ho-hoi-si a secret ingredient to longevity, does science substantiate this claim?

Native peoples use ho-hoi-si to calm the body, purify the blood, and flush the kidneys. Scientific studies show ho-hoi-si contains certain polyphenols (a subclass of antioxidants) known to 1) counter the effects of reactive oxygen molecules that contribute to aging and chronic disease, and 2) have a calmative effect on the body.

3. For how long have the Native Americans been drinking ho-hoi-si?

Ho-hoi-si has been the traditional warm beverage for native peoples in the American Southwest Desert for countless centuries. Archaeologists found ho-hoi-si among cooking pots dating its use back to the time of the Anasazi civilization 1000 years ago.

4. Where did the Anasazi go?

We laugh when we are asked this question! The mystery of the disappearance of the Anasazi eludes us as well. If we were to believe what one of our Navajo pickers tells the tour groups he encounters, then the Anasazi were swept up by a flying machine that came down from out of the sky.

5. Why are Wild Anasazi Teas not certified organic?

These teas cannot be certified organic because ho-hoi-si is not an agricultural product. Ho-hoi-si is picked in the wilds--far away from chemical pesticides and fertilizers--indeed far away from development of any kind.

Apparently a "certified wild" classification is under consideration with some organic certification bodies. We will explore this certification if and when it becomes possible. For more information about organics, visit the Organic Trade Association (www.ota.com) or the website of an organic certifying body in your country.

6. Why do Wild Anasazi Teas not carry a registered fairtrade mark?

Again, the answer hinges on ho-hoi-si growing in the wilds and not being an agricultural product. You can be assured that Wild Anasazi Tea deals ethically with our Native American colleagues, and that the picking is done with great care toward sustainability. Fair trade with Native Americans is a main reason for the existence of Wild Anasazi Tea.

For more information about fair trade labeling, visit FLO (www.fairtrade.net/).

7. Are any of your teas certified kosher?

The base teas in Fabulous "Old West" Latte, Desert Gold, Earl Supernatural, and Citrus in the Desert are certified kosher. We are currently exploring kosher certification for ho-hoi-si with London Beth Din (www.kosher.org.uk).

8. Are you a medicinal tea company?

No, Wild Anasazi Tea does not claim to be a medicinal tea company, although the ingredients used in our blends are abundant in polyphenols known to promote good health.

9. Do all of your black teas have less caffeine than coffee?

Yes, the caffeine content of our black teas is typically half that in a cup of coffee of the same size. The stimulant content of Fabulous "Old West" Latte is somewhat higher due to the roasted cacao.

10. Does the Original blend have caffeine?

No, this herbal blend contains no caffeine.

11. Why does tea sometimes taste bitter?

Tannins in tea can cause a slightly astringent taste, especially when the tea is of poor quality, is brewed strong, or is over-brewed. Our teas are less bitter tasting--even when left for a while in the teapot--because the ho-hoi-si contributes an "earthiness" to the infusion that serves to mask any hints of astringency.

12. Do any of your teas contain sugar?

No, all of our teas are made without added sugars.

13. What is the shelf life of your tea?

Our teas in tin canisters have a two-year shelf life. Our individual foil overwrap tea bags guarantee a three-year shelf life.
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