Blooming tea, also referred to as Blossom or Flower tea is a hand-crafted tea, in which edible flowers are tied in a ball of high quality tea leaves. When brewed the blooming tea ball will slowly open, giving the appearance of a blossoming flower.
Artistic flowering tea balls are handmade in China, using green and white tea and real jasmine, chrysanthemum, and other flower varieties like globe amaranth, lily, carnation, acanthus, and marigold. Creation of flower tea balls is a highly specialized ancient art. The finished product is a tight roll of dried tea and flowers, sometimes round, sometimes resembling a mushroom. Shell life of unbrewed tea ball is up to three years.
When you drop your blooming tea ball in a glass cup or a glass teapot, cover the ball with boiling water. If you are using the mushroom shape flower tea and it is upside down, don’t worry. The ball will right itself in the water. As the ball steeps, the leaves will soften and in a few minutes mature to a blooming flower. Steep the ball for at least five and up to ten minutes if you’d prefer a stronger tea. After drinking the tea. you may rebrew the same tea ball again: once if you have used a teapot, and up to five times if you have brewed it in an individual cup. After that you may cover your bloom with cold water and display it for days.