Finches offers a selection of tea that pairs nicely with New Mexico Prickly Pear Jelly. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.
LINDA KOSKI, A SOUTH AFRICAN NATIVE, quit drinking coffee six years ago when it started to give her body aches. She recalled the rooibos teas of her youth, often given to colicky babies and to adults for a calming effect. She made the switch, felt an immediate benefit, and now brings it to the world from her Albuquerque online business, Finches. Her variety of creative tea espressos include traditional blends such as Earl Grey and chai, as well as original flavors containing green tea and lavender. And, she says, they pair especially well with the New Mexico Prickly Pear Jelly made by Phyllis Riboni-Hustead, who harvests each prickly pear fruit near her Tijeras Canyon home. Try her prickly pear marmalade in a yogurt parfait or her prickly pear syrup in a margarita.
Finches offers teas in both high-octane caffeinated and caffeine-free versions.
New Mexico Prickly Pear products are sold in grocery stores statewide and online.