We usually think of tea in two specific ways: as a warming cup of hot tea, or a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea. But tea can lend its aromatic and tannic qualities to all kinds of dishes, so let's stop relegating it only to a cup of boiling water.
There are more varieties of tea on earth than we can count, which is what makes it such a versatile ingredient. Tea can be used as both a flavoring and coloring agent, like in a bright green tea ice cream. It also lends itself to savory preparations, shining especially when it's lightly smoked with poultry, fish or tofu. Do you have a favorite way to use tea outside a glass? Let us know in the comments!