Flowering Teas - Fascinating and Full of Flavor
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.
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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.
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
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
More Blooming Teas - A lovely and interesting gift for a tea-lover
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?
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.
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!