Artisan Crafting of Blooming Teas
Blooming flower teas, also known as flowering teas or blooming teas, are a type of specialty tea that are made by hand-sewing dried tea leaves and flowers together to create a ball-shaped tea that unfurls and blooms when steeped in hot water.
The process of making blooming flower teas is quite intricate and requires skill and patience.
The first step in making blooming flower teas is to select the tea leaves and flowers. High-quality tea leaves, such as green tea or white tea, are typically used as the base of the tea. The flowers used in blooming flower teas can vary, but popular choices include chrysanthemums, jasmine, and marigolds. Once the tea leaves and flowers have been selected, they are carefully hand-sewn together using cotton thread.
The next step is to shape the tea ball. This is done by wrapping the sewn-together tea leaves and flowers around a small ball of cotton, and then shaping it into a tight ball. The ball is then left to dry, which helps to solidify the shape and lock in the flavor.
Once the tea balls are dry, they are ready to be steeped in hot water. When the tea ball is placed in hot water, the heat causes the tea leaves and flowers to unfurl, creating a beautiful blooming effect. As the tea steeps, the flavors and aromas of the tea leaves and flowers are released, creating a unique and flavorful tea experience.
It is important to note that blooming flower teas should be steeped in water that is not too hot, as high temperatures can cause the tea leaves and flowers to unfurl too quickly and lose their flavor. Additionally, it is important to use a clear teapot or glass so that you can watch the blooming effect of the tea.