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BLOOMING TEAS FOR ENTERTAINING GUESTS

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Blossoming Teas, also known as Blooming Tea or Flowering Tea, are the latest craze in tea drinking. Blossoming Teas come as a handmade ball made from top quality long leaf white tea, hand tied with flowers before drying. When added to hot water they unfold and release a delicate, fragrant and aromatic flavour. BLOSSOMING TEA These teas are referred to in China as GongYi Hua Cha, literally translated meaning Art Flower Tea.

Young tea buds, leaves and flowers are used to make these showy teas.

The teas used for Blossoming Tea are primarily green, white (usually Oolong) and jasmine tea. For the flowers, edible young and fresh flowers such as jasmine, chrysanthemum, lily, hibiscus, Amaranth flower, Marigold flower, and Sweet Osmanthus are utilized.

Flowering Teas also have high antioxidant levels, and are quite beneficial to your health.

Blossoming Tea preperation:
Start with a clear glass pot for maximum visual effect.

Place the Flowering Tea ball into your teapot and add water almost brought to a boil. Keeping the water below the boiling point allows the Blossoming Tea to open slower and give a better showing. The ball will fully open in about 5 minutes.

Don’t remove the bloom or tea leaves until you are done with the Tea, as Flowering Tea can be refreshed up to 3 times by adding more water as needed. The Blooming Teas do not get bitter with with extended steeping.

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