Chinese Flower Tea

Chrysanthemum teaFlowers are more than meet the eyes, or the nose! In fact, some flowers are very drinkable.

Flower tea almost seem to possess some sort of magical power. It is fragrant, and soothing. In this video, you will find 5 very drinkable Chinese flowers.

 

 

 

In the above video: Flowers, yes, drinkable! Not all of them of course. Today, I want to talk to you about 5 Chinese flowers that are very drinkable.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

1. Chrysanthemum

The first one, and it’s my favorite, is the Chrysanthemum.

Chrysanthemum, some people say that it taste like Chamomile but to me it actually taste kind of different.

I like Chrysanthemum but Chamomile, not so much. In Hong Kong, where I came from, they drink it a lot. Especially in summer because it is great for reducing your internal heat and more especially if you eat a lot of take away food or any of those sorts of thing.

You can have it iced as well.

Here is a good tip for you, if you’ve got little kids and you’re going to Yum Cha and not really wanting to give them something with caffeine like Jasmine tea, besides water and soda, have them try the Chrysanthemum.

Most Chinese restaurants do actually carry Chrysanthemum and you have to ask them that you want something different like the Chrysanthemum; otherwise they are just going to serve Jasmine green tea by default in Australia. Chrysanthemum is good for the throat as well.

Osmanthus

Osmanthus in soya milk

2. Osmanthus

The second one, which is also good for the throat, is Osmanthus.

Osmanthus looks a little bit like elder flowers but the smell is wonderful, it’s fragrant but not overwhelming, and it’s got that apricoty kind of scent to it and it’s really lovely to drink.

And it is used in making deserts for the Imperial Court back in the good old days.

It is certainly a lovely flower to try and you don’t need a lot, just a little pinch of it and it will be so fragrant. It’s amazing! It’s not overwhelming, it’s really cool.

Ginseng Flowers

Ginseng Flowers

3. Ginseng Flowers

The third one is the Ginseng flowers.

Ginseng flowers are quite similar to ginseng in terms of properties but it is softer and we’re talking about the Chinese pine nuts ginseng.

If you’re after something just to wake up your senses but not as potent as the ginseng roots, then this is a nice little option for you.

In fact some of our customers have experimented, one of them actually put ginseng flower with earl grey and she said that it really helps her especially if she’s under the weather and she just needs something to perk her up a bit and chase off the sniffies.

Jasmine Buds

Jasmine Buds

4. Jasmine Buds

The fourth one is the Jasmine buds.

Jasmine flowers are really interesting, in a sense that it does not taste like Jasmine green tea.

Jasmine green tea has got a nice, soft, floral taste and smell to it versus the Jasmine flower itself which sort of taste a tiny bit of oily, very light taste.

Some people love it and some people just kind of find it a bit peculiar, usually because a lot of us have been conditioned to think about Jasmine green tea. In fact, they do taste different.

Jasmine buds are known to be great aphrodisiacs, but I don’t know, I have not tried it. Maybe it you try it, you let me know.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

5. Hibiscus

The last but not the least is the Hibiscus.

Hibiscus is a fantastic kid’s drink because it’s got that screaming red colour to it and it’s all natural.

The flower is actually what you’re drinking and it’s not you’re domestic variety of Hibiscus. We also found out that a lot of people from all around the world are actually drinking it.

They call it different things like rosella and karkadé, so it really nice for you to drink.

It has a tartish taste, bright red colour, great hot or chilled and maybe with a little bit of honey (if you’re giving it to kids).

There you have it, 5 lovely flowers to try out. We have the:

1. Chrysanthemum
2. Osmanthus
3. Ginseng Flowers
4. Jasmine buds
5. Hibiscus

Give it a try! If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line using the contact us form in Teas.com.au.

Salina Hainzl Salina Hainzl (108 Posts)

Salina is a little tea crazy. Her first drink experiment was a green orange juice that she gave to his brother when she was 12. No sibling was harmed in the process, and though she failed chemistry as a school subject, she continues to love food and spend lots of time tea mixing.