Want to try something special? How about a flowering tea?
A flowering tea is made of tea buds and various flowers, hand sewn together and folded into a bulb. When infused in hot water, the bulb unfolds, creating a marvelous bouquet. Children love flowering teas (also called “blooming teas” and “performance teas”) and adults are rather fond of them as well!
Flowering Tea Tips
1. You will need a glass teapot for your flowering teas, obviously, so that you can see the flowering tea “bloom”.
2. Get the most out of your flowering tea by giving them plenty of room to grow. Many blooming teas will grow several inches, so make sure that your glass teapot is a tall one.
3. When preparing a performance tea, make sure that your teapot is sparkling clean. Pour some hot water into the teapot to warm it, pour that water out, and then place the tea bulb in the pot. Don’t worry about where it lands in the pot: The tea will eventually position itself properly.
4. Pour the hot water into the pot (water should be heated to whatever temperature the manufacturer suggests). The flowering tea will begin to open almost immediately, though it might take as long as a minute for it to fully “bloom”.
5. Now here is the tricky part: Many blooming teas contain flowers, and as I have noted in the past, floral teas can become bitter and disagreeable if allowed to steep too long. So after you watch the tea bloom, decant the tea to preserve its flavor.
(To be fair, some performance teas continue to taste just great, even if they are kept steeping in the cup from which you are drinking. Experiment!)
6. These teas are often good for several steeps, so do add more water if you wish. Use a long-handled wooden spoon to reorient the tea-flower if necessary.
Keeping Your Tea Flower
The tea flowers are so pretty, it’s a shame to throw them away. You can keep your flowering tea for several days by pouring out the old water and adding cold, fresh water daily. Again, use a long handled wooden spoon to reposition the tea flower in the pot.
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