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Saturday, July 15, 2006

FLOWER AMONG THE TEA

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I just had a cup of green tea that I'd like to share with you. I work in a library, which some of you may know, and one of my library patrons gave me a little gift-- a packet with two odd-looking sort of straw balls in it it, labelled "Flower Among the Tea". She told me that when you steeped it the ball turned into a beautiful flower in a cup of green tea. And indeed it did!

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Lisa got it from the Tea Centre in Courtenay, BC, near where I live. Check out their page about "Flower Among the Tea". It explains how they make them, too. (They mail-order.) I recommend using a glass cup, as I did, for full effect. (Or a glass "flowering tea" pot for larger tea balls.) They say you can steep it three times.

UPDATE: There are now many brands of flowering teas available, including on amazon.  An organic brand is Numi.

Just thought it was too interesting not to share (and it tasted good too!).

Enjoy!

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8 comments:

Linda said...

Ha! What a coincidence, Bryanna! That is exactly what I was referring to on your forum. I love these. They are handmade and have such great flavor. The Numi brand I get can be steeped up to three times; but I find I can do a fourth! Delicious and beautiful.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

I just checked their website:
http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgmenbr=175633&cgrfnbr=191381

and

http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgmenbr=175633&cgrfnbr=191380

They are really beautiful!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

I googled "display tea" and came up with lots of hits-- who knew?
Here's an idea:
"wow your guests with display teas
This is a great post-dinner treat – we don’t know of a single guest that wasn’t “wowed” by it! Instead of coffee, treat your guests to the mesmerizing spectacle of a display tea after dinner. Infuse individual display teas in wine glasses and serve immediately. Your guests will be able to watch the tea unfurl before their very eyes!" (from http://www.newworldtea.com/tipstricks#displayteas)

Or, for a small group, use a glas teapot, perhaps?

KleoPatra said...

Oh, interesting!!!

OshinkoTickle said...

My fiance works with this Greek couple who went to China and brought back some of these. They were kind enough to give us a few of them and I still haven't used them. I LOVE tea and I have just been waiting for the right occasion!

I even got a glass teapot for when the time is right!

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...
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Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Check out this post:


http://cafecyan.blogspot.com/2006/06/rose-of-suzhou-tea_17.html

You can find this tea at Teavanna and Taylor also cites Nume as having flowering teas.

Cheers,

Ryan

The Reluctant Vegan said...

Ooh, we got this stuff in Chinatown (my wife, did, that is, in Oakland's Chinatown) and we LOVE it. :-)

Serene