The enchanting flavors of tea are so attractive to tea lovers that once they become addicted to a particular flavor obtained from specific types of tea leaves, they would not like to taste anything new. However, with time, new variants of tea have made its way to consumers, like green tea, which finds favors with a section of people for health reasons. Tea of any kind is highly rich in anti-oxidants, and the caffeine present in it imparts rejuvenating properties to one of the most popular beverages that cut across geographical boundaries. The desire to re-invent tea in many other forms have led to the discovery of flowering tea, also known as blooming tea, display tea, and many other names. However, by looking at creativity involved in making the tea, it seems that naming it ‘designer tea’ would perhaps be more appropriate.
The Chinese origin
Tea originated from Yunnan province in China, and the Chinese are once again showing the way in innovating new forms of tea that resulted in blooming tea. The ‘hui fa cha’ (meaning blooming tea in Chinese) has become popular in recent times with its exquisite flavors and beautiful looks. After its brief banishment during the Cultural Revolution in China in the eighties, blooming tea has made a strong comeback across the world.
An artistic presentation
A good amount of aesthetics in involved in making blooming tea that bears the distinct artistic marks of creativity and innovation of craftsmen engaged in making it. They create a unique combination of tea leaves and flowers to present the world with the amazing tea flower. Unlike the major varieties of tea that come from factories after due processing of tea leaves, blooming tea is truly a work of art that presents loose leaf tea in an elegant form that makes it a treat for the eyes while you sip a cup of blooming tea to enjoy the aesthetic beauty and floral fragrance. The tea is gluten free and free from cholesterol and GMOs too, besides possessing anti-oxidants properties that add to its health benefits.
The hands behind blooming tea
The art of making blooming tea is very interesting as it is a handmade process. Artisans use silver tea needles and silk thread, white or green, to wrap a bundle of dried tea leaves around one or a few flowers to form a bulb. The bulb is then dried and packed, ready to reach consumers. By looking at the dried bulbs, you can hardly make out the beauty that is about to unfold when you dip it is hot water for making tea. As the tea leaves soak in water in a teacup, the bulb gradually opens up, spreading the leaves like the petals of a flower in full bloom as the embedded flower becomes visible. It is a wonderful sight to witness, and the experience is one of its kinds.
Lily, jasmine, chrysanthemum, globe amaranth, osmanthus, and hibiscus are the flowers commonly used for making blooming tea. You can use a bundle of tea three times before its taste turns bitter.