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Lakpura Belimal (500g)

Lakpura Belimal (500g)

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(SKU: LS80803E81) There are several products of Tea together with Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon Grass Jasmine, Vanilla etc in the Herbal Tea Market. We could also see pure Herbal infusion such as Polpala, Belimal, Iramusu, Gotukola, Karapincha, Chamomile etc.

The research was carried out to develop natural herbal tea by using belimal (Aegle marmelos) blended with tea for the value added tea market segment as Belimal is one of the most important herbs grown in Sri Lanka. Belimal is the most famous herb used as a Herbal infusion (not mixed with tea) for generations.

The herb has its significant fragrance, a good and lasting taste and promotes fresh breath. On the other hand, Tea is rich in antioxidants, and herbs are generally known to have lower antioxidant values than Tea (Camellia sinensis). Therefore the Combination, of Belimal with Tea could be used as a major strategy by Tea Exporters to capture the market ever changing international markets as this product includes the natural qualities of Tea and medicinal value of both Belimal and Tea.

The belimal flowers are dried and crushed in order to make belimal powder. Then belimal powder is mixed with Black Tea or Green Tea, and a constant total weight for each and every combination should be maintained. The research was conducted according to Two Factor Factorial Design with three factors at two levels as two experiments to the Black Tea and Green Tea. Both experiments consisted with 4 treatment combinations.

The Black Tea or Green Tea blend with belimal powder according to the percentages (25% and 50%) while changing brewing time (3 minute and 5 minute) in both experiments. Data was collected through a standard sensory evaluation sheet.

The sensory evaluation was conducted by ranking method separately, where company Tea Tasters evaluated color, strength, taste and aroma to check the overall quality in both two experiments. MINITAB was used to analyze the data by using Kruskal Wallis test and Conover- Inman method is used for select the best treatment combination.

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