Floral flavors are one of this year’s food trends, and what better way to get a floral fix than in tea? For centuries, flower blossoms have been blended with tea and other herbs to create intoxicating and medicinal brews. Flowers add color, flavor and aroma to tea. Many of us are familiar with chamomile as a sleep aid, but there are so many other floral teas that are as delicious as they are beneficial.
One of the most popular floral flavors is jasmine. Alone or blended with tea, jasmine has been consumed in China for centuries, and was once given as an aphrodisiac! Today, jasmine tea is commonly found on the menu in many Asian restaurants (although the quality of tea served there can vary widely). Our organic Jasmine Yin Cloud is an exceptional high-quality Chinese green tea scented with fresh jasmine petals. We blend it in small batches in-house for an exquisitely aromatic blend that is a treat to the nose as well as the taste buds.
Lavender blossoms, rose petals and calendula (marigold) petals are each thought to have calming, relaxing, and soothing properties. When blended with chamomile’s mildly sedative powers, you have the perfect sleep-enhancing brew – which we call Lavender Lullaby. For the purist, we also carry an organic Egyptian Chamomile that is made entirely from the large, golden flower heads of the plant (the part that yields the most beneficial compounds) and produces a pale yellow liquor with a distinctive earthy taste.
Another favorite flower often found in herbal tea blends is hibiscus. Hibiscus petals can range in color from yellow to orange to bright red. They are brewed and consumed all over the world, and are purported to treat many things, from high blood pressure to upset stomach. Our deep red organic Hibiscus flowers are from Egypt, and are packed with vitamin C and anthocyanins. Brewed alone, they make a tart and tangy cup, or blend them with a sweetener, lemonade or other teas for a refreshing burst of flavor.
One of my favorite floral teas is our organic Midnight Rose which combines Chinese black tea with beautiful, delicate rose petals, producing a delicious cup that is both uplifting and soothing. Rose petals also star in Rose Petal Raspberry, one of our most popular herbal teas which is particularly tasty in Summer served iced or even made into vibrant red popsicles. Our Tuscan Sun is another floral sensation with linden blossoms, lemon balm, lavender, rose petals, orange blossoms, and blue mallow blossoms. It looks and tastes like sunshine in a cup.
Whatever floral flavors are your favorites, there's bound to be a tea to tickle your fancy and nurture the mind and body.