How Jasmine Tea Is Made
What Is Jasmine Tea?
Jasmine tea is a premium tea that many tea lovers enjoy because of it's very pleasant smell. The smell is that of the Jasmine flower, which is a night blooming and fairly strong smelling plant that is native to Asia, Africa and Australasia, though it grows throughout Europe as well.
Jasmine tea is scented with these flowers using a very long and tedious process, which is why it's sold at a higher price than other teas and is somewhat of a luxury tea to drink if you get the really good stuff.
Both green, black, and sometimes even white teas are used to make this special tea, but the most popular is green tea. Some blends even include the petals from the Jasmine flowers for added smell and color. You can find this tea at almost any tea retailer, it may be rolled up into little balls called pearls, or just simply loose as any other tea would be. You can also find it in tea bags but these won't be as high quality as the loose leaves will be.
Where Jasmine Tea Is Made
Jasmine tea is mainly produced in China.
Where Does Jasmine Tea Come From?
Jasmine tea is mostly made in China, where it is the most famous scented tea around. It has been around since the Song Dynasty and continues to be served in the homes of people all over the country, it's even considered the norm to serve this tea to your guests. This delicious tea is also made in several other areas and countries including the Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Zhejiang provinces as well as Vietnam. It's safe to say that it is not in short supply since it has such high demand world wide.
How Is Jasmine Tea Made?
The process to make jasmine tea is a long one and requires several steps. It starts with harvesting the tea leaves and storing them in a special room with controlled humidity. Then the blossoms of jasmine flowers are brought in and the two are stored together for several hours before being separated again. Typically this happens at night since that's when the flowers bloom. This process infuses the scent of the jasmine into the tea and is sometimes repeated 7 or 8 times depending on the quality of the tea. The stronger the scent, the more it will cost.
After being stored in this humid environment, the tea must be fired in order to prevent spoilage or mold. Once all moisture is gone, the tea is packed up and shipped off to wherever it is headed. The petals of the flowers are removed from the tea leaves by using large fans to simply blow them away. Some companies prefer to leave the petals in but this is simply for looks and nothing more.
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How Should I Brew My Jasmine Tea?
Jasmine tea should be brewed just as any other tea. Be mindful of what kind of jasmine tea you have before brewing, if you have purchased jasmine green tea then you should follow brewing procedures for green tea. This hub has a lot of great info on how to brew different types of loose leaf teas, use the directions provided there for the kind of jasmine tea you have for the best results.
Here are some other tips to help you better enjoy your jasmine tea:
- Smell the dry leaves before steeping, taste is highly dependent on smell, so take a big wiff before you steep the leaves and your taste buds will thank you.
- Experiment, if your first cup doesn't turn out right, adjust the water temp or amount of leaves used until you find what works for you.
- Share, having tea with friends is a great way to socialize and introduce your friends to something new. Who knows, maybe it will become a regular thing!
I hope you have learned a thing or two here, it was definitely fun researching all of this in order to write this hub. I love jasmine tea and it's nice to know a little more about where it comes from. Thanks for reading! Please stop by again soon.