Have you ever watched a flowering tea bloom right before your eyes? It is truly a magical experience. A tight, little ball of carefully- wrapped tea leaves (shown above) unfurls into a lovely flower. This little ball opened into a string of Globe Amaranths – no wonder the tea was labelled ‘Ruby Jewel’ (pictured below).
Although I am a coffee drinker, I could happy drink flowering tea regularly. The first time I saw a Crysanthemum unfold was with my friends, Roseanne and Mary. I was totally taken with it and it was a wonderful surprise when Mary gave me a glass teapot along with several flowering teas for my birthday. Since we three also play the fiddle together, I received a amazing book filled with Irish fiddle tunes from both Roseanne and Mary. Tea and Irish music go well together. I sit here listening to Altan – they have just put out a new album, Local Ground.
Now back to tea – I am fascinated with how flowering teas are made. It is something that I would love to do. Perhaps one day I will find someone to teach me. Click here for some information on how flowering teas are made.
If you’d like to learn more about teas, you might like to read Laura’s post on tea here. Laura also has wonderful paintings on her blog.