Transcendental tea

Drink local with mint and holy basil tea, grown organically and dried in Chester County at Jubilee Hill Farm. The Tulsi Transcendental Mintal is made with herbs said to be rich in antioxidants, and three different varieties of mint make for a satisfying brew.

- Samantha Melamed
Transcendental Mintal Tea, $4.95 for 16 tea bags at Weaver's Way Co-op, 8424 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 215-866-9150

Tart and sweet vinegar 

Subarashii Kudamono, the unlikely orchard devoted to Asian pears in the Lehigh Valley, experimented with a pear ice wine several years back. That went awry - and now, they're offering pear wine vinegar that's aged five years for a flavor mellow enough to accentuate a green salad or slices of fresh mozzarella.

- S.M.
Subarashii Kudamono Aged Asian Pear Wine Vinegar, $23.99 for a 375-milliliter bottle at