Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blooming with tea!

Tea is not only wonderful to drink, but it’s beautiful to watch infuse. Specifically flowering or blooming teas. These are teas that are formed into bundles using tea leaves and various types of flowers. Upon contact with water, the bundle unfolds and expands into a beautiful bouquet all within a matter of minutes of steeping. It really is quite interesting to see what emerges.

Flowering pod.

Preparing a flowering tea is very simple. All you need is the tea pod, water, and a transparent teapot which makes for better viewing. Just place the tea pod into the teapot and pour in hot water. I used 4 cups of water for each pod and steeped for about 5 minutes though you may steep longer without the liquor ever becoming bitter. Then, sit back and watch the pod reveal itself as it slowly dances with the water. 

Beauty unveiled.

The close-up.

Many types of flowers can be used to create these beauty bundles including amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, marigold, and carnation. The container of pods I purchased was a Chinese green tea from the Fujian province, perfumed with jasmine, and sewn around the various flowers to form the bundles. It’s from a company called Primula. Each pod had a lovely name to go along with it such as Juliet’s Kiss, Lover’s Blossom, Fairy Lily, and Butterfly Floret.

Pod product.

The various pods I tried were pretty good taste wise. You could smell the aroma of the flower being used along with the jasmine. The taste was not bitter at all and the liquor was a clear golden yellow colour. Each pod can be steeped up to 3 times. I had it both hot and cold, drinking it throughout the day keeping me alert and hydrated. The only downside was the number of bathroom trips I had to make!

Enjoy this quick video I made of a tea pod revealing itself!

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