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Flowering Teas - Fascinating and Full of Flavor

Updated on April 4, 2015

Blooming, Blossoming and Flowering teas - a Gourmet Fine Art

The simplest pleasures can actually be the best things we experience in life. For me, these pleasures include the aroma and the flavor of a refreshing cup of tea. And, here's a bonus, being rich in antioxidants, tea is also thought to bring health benefits.

Chinese tea is basically tea grown and processed in China, as opposed to another region, like India or Japan. Most of the tea grown in China is consumed in China. Blooming or blossom teas are perhaps the most exciting of Chinese teas. Each inconspicuous little tea ball is hand-tied and filled with green tea leaves and flowers. When placed in hot water, they sink slowly, and then open up to produce a colorful bloom. If you use a glass teapot or teacup, you will have a perfect view of this tea "art". Your friends and guests will be delighted by the breathtaking colors and shapes and the delicious flavors.

The photo by Jakob Montrasio is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 2.0

Flowering Tea Video

I like this little video as it shows some of the fascinating flower blossoms that you can see after adding the tea balls to hot water. Of course, to get the full impact, you need to use a glass teapot.

Blooming Tea - Also known as Presentation Tea

A truly spectacular way to drink tea, you need a glass cup or teapot to experience the magic of blooming tea. The tea leaves and flowers are hand-tied by Chinese artisans to make tight balls. When the tea ball is placed in hot water, it will unfurl into a flower bloom before your eyes. Of course, you will have to pay a bit more for these delightful treasures than you would for the same amount of loose tea, but they do make a very cool gift, especially when combined with a glass pot or cup.

Primula Blossom Glass Teapot – Wide Mouthed Borosilicate Glass – 40 oz. – Dishwasher and Microwave Safe – Clear – Includes 6 Flowering Teas and 3 Loose Tea Packets
Primula Blossom Glass Teapot – Wide Mouthed Borosilicate Glass – 40 oz. – Dishwasher and Microwave Safe – Clear – Includes 6 Flowering Teas and 3 Loose Tea Packets

Great starter pack or gift set including glass teapot, tean infuser, 6 flowering teas and a loose-tea variety pack. The flowering tea blooms are hand sewn by artisans, and unfurl into exquisite flowers, which can be used up to 3 times within a 24-hour period. The loose-tea pack includes white tea, green tea, and black tea.

 

When were flowering teas developed? - Ancient or modern?

Although some people like to think that flowering teas are an ancient tradition, this is not at all certain. A film about Marie Antoinette shows her receiving a gift of flowering jasmine tea from the Emperor of China. The general view, however, is that flowering teas were developed as late as the 1980s, in China, and have become very popular in the West since the year 2000. Most examples come from the Yunnan Province of China.

This photo by Wesley Fryer is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0

Tea Beyond Blooming Teapot Fairy Set
Tea Beyond Blooming Teapot Fairy Set

This beautiful 20 ounce Victorian style glass teapot has a removable glass strainer and non-drip feature. Vacuum-sealed blooming tea containing silver needle green tea which is low in caffeine, and rich in anti-oxidant. Blooms also contain lily, marigold, peony, jasmine and carnation.

The teapot can also be used for loose leaf black or green, for iced teas, and as a pitcher.

 

Green Tea Benefits

As well as adding beauty to your tea table, flowering tea is based on green tea which is believed to have several health benefits. Green tea is processed less than black tea, and enthusiasts say that it can help with many conditions from lowering blood pressure to helping prevent the spread of diseases. To read more about the benefits of green tea, click

here.

More Blooming Teas - A lovely and interesting gift for a tea-lover

Teas Etc Fowering Green Tea Sampler, S0601, 8 Count
Teas Etc Fowering Green Tea Sampler, S0601, 8 Count

An exciting 8 piece sampler pack of low caffeine flowering teas containing 2 each of Golden Prosperity, Lily Basket, Awakening Spirit and Rising Sun varieties

 

Blooming Tea... Your Thoughts

Is flowering tea blooming bliss? Or an expensive gimmick?

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Blooming White Tea

White tea can also be used in the production of blooming tea. The name comes from the fine silvery-white hairs on buds of the tea plant.

Like green or black teas, it is made from the leaves the Camellia sinensis plant, so it and contains the polyphenols thought to be responsible for various health benefits. White tea actually contains more antioxidants. What makes white tea different is that the young leaves and unopened buds are allowed to wither in natural light. They are then lightly processed to prevent oxidation.

The tea itself is not white. It is a delicate, pale yellow color.


Blooming White Tea with Vanilla Flavor (Gift Bag)
Blooming White Tea with Vanilla Flavor (Gift Bag)

10 blooming tea balls, with white tea, a touch of vanilla flavor, and one or more of the following flowers Jasmine, Lily, Globe Amaranth, Calendula, Osmanthus, and Carnation

 

A blooming tea set makes a lovely gift

for birthday, Valentine or anniversary gifts, or just for a treat!

Have you tried blooming tea? - Which is your favorite tea?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Hi I have ever heard of flowering tea before. How beautiful! It would make such a gorgeous gift. I drink tea every day - I can't believe I've never heard of this before. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year!

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      Amy Trumpeter 4 years ago from Oxford

      Yay! I have been trying blooming tea this week. I like the Lulin Blooming tea, and I have just featured it on one of my lenses. Then I found your fabulous lens - great to know that I can order more blooming tea on Amazon! Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I have never heard of blooming tea. It is pretty cool and would be a neat gift for tea lovers.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I had never heard of blooming tea. Sounds interesting.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      What a great way to insert a truly beautiful, peaceful little sojourn into the day.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I didn't know much at all about blooming tea so enjoyed learning something new. Thanks.

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      knysna 4 years ago

      Must admit that I had no idea that this actually existed, it sounds like I have been living under a rock, I always thought that tea was either in a tea bag or scooped into a pot by the teaspoon full for steeping.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      These are unique. Thanks for informing us.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Truly magical and mesmerizing to watch those teas bloom in the video. I had no idea this type of tea experience existed. This would be such a beautiful gift or special moment to have with friends. Thanks for introducing me to the art and magic of tea.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Very interesting, I think it's a great party idea. Five o'clock tea redefined.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I have not tried it, but I am up for anything!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      I have not tried them but I love the idea.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi, no I have not tried blooming tea, I think I would like it.

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      wyzeguru 4 years ago

      THey are pretty to look at and fascinating to watch but to my taste buds they are like pond water!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      Yes, I don't know which I like better - the flavor or watching the flower 'blossom'.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      These would be fascinating to watch and a great conversation piece.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I live in China, so I have seen these a lot. They are fun, and especially if you have a visitor. People are really into "how the tea looks" here, so they often drink tea from a cup with the leaves floating in plain sight. Very cool. There are so many different kinds, and they really do look different from one another.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I visited Montreal a few weeks ago and at a museum there they had a most wonderful exhibition all about teas. They missed out on the flowering teas though.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      The first time I tried blooming tea was in Hong Kong. They also taste and smell good.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      No I haven't tried blooming tea, because I don't like any kind of tea, never have. Nevertheless your flowering teas look very beautiful, they're pieces of art.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Great idea for a present as well.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Wow, talk about a conversation starter for a tea party! Interesting lens!!

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @greenspirit: I enjoyed several different varieties of tea when I visited Beijing. I don't really mind whether flowering tea is ancient or modern - it's really cool!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      oh my they re glorious to watch! And now I really want one

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      It looks wonderful and I really want to try it after reading this.