Purple tea, processed in the green style, is widely believed to have more antioxidants than any other tea, even green tea. The benefits, reportedly are the same as those found in fresh fruit and vegetables.

Purple tea specifically contains the flavonoid anthocyanin, which gives the tea its distinctive purple leaves and its antioxidant properties. Keeping in mind this new health trend Marks & Spencer has added the colour purple to its line of teas.

Says Madeleine Lovett, M&S tea expert, “Green and herbal teas are becoming very popular and purple tea is an interesting new style tea for our customers to try and enjoy. We know that customers are keen to try more purple foods as they have heard lots about their potential health benefits – so we have combined two – purple tea & blueberry, to create a delicious new drink.”