Tea is a soothing drink that happened by accident thousands of years ago. Story has it that several dry tea leaves fell off a tree and landed in a cup of boiling water that was being served to the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, in 2737 B.C. The intoxicating aroma of the steeping tea leaves convinced the emperor to try it, and the rest is history. Tea became the drink of choice, and has remained a popular beverage to this day. The varieties are endless, but organic blooming tea is definitely one of the standouts.
So what exactly is natural flowering tea? It’s a type of tea whose presentation is as lovely as its taste. Most flowering tea is fabricated from 100% organic green tea leaves and carefully selected flower petals. The tea leaves and petals are hand sewn together to create a ball, or rosette, that becomes a scene of beauty when placed in boiling water. As the carefully crafted rosette steeps, it opens up to reveal a bouquet that is simply amazing. It also produces an equally impressive beverage to enjoy.
Many types of leaves can be used to create a spectacular tea bouquet, although green tea is the most popular choice. Green tea is filled with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients that help to boost the immune system. Organic fruit extracts are often incorporated into the flower cluster to produce flavors such as peach, black currant, strawberry and cherry, while flowers such as rose, jasmine, and calendula are commonly used to make the blooms. Each combination has a unique taste when brewed and provides a one-of-a-kind display unlike anything else. While each individual blossom can be used up to 5 times, the strength of the tea will decrease with each subsequent steeping.
Natural flowering tea is a sight to behold and makes tea time fun. It’s especially beautiful to view in a glass container where every angle can be seen. As hot water is poured over the budding flower, the tea slowly releases from the leaves and infuses with the petals and extracts. Within a few minutes, the entire bouquet comes to life. No matter how many times an individual witnesses flowering tea, each time is simply breathtaking.