As cheesy as it sounds, I find so much satisfaction in watching something grow or develop, like the story of the ugly duckling. This is one of the reasons why I have a new found fascination with flowering tea. I absolutely love the anticipation of placing the closed flower into my mug and watching it blossom.
For Christmas, I was given a tin of flowering tea by the Canton Tea Co. as a present from my boyfriend. I was so excited, as I am obsessed with tea, but have only ever tried the flowering variety at a restaurant before. The tin came with a selection of 3 different types, but the one pictured is ‘Red Sunset’ flowering tea.
The tea tastes so fragrant, sweet and light. It contains green tea which gives you energy as well as an abudance of health benefits such as the reduction of disease (such as Diabetes and Parkinsons) and improves your immunity. I’m not a big fan of the strong green tea flavour, so I absolutely love the fact that it is a softer flavour, masked by the delicacy of honey-like flowers.
As well as the drinking of the tea, the fun part has to be watching the flower bloom inside your mug. All you have to do is pour almost boiled water into your mug and leave the flower to work its magic for 2-3 minutes. For days that you fancy a treat, or want to try something other than your normal English breakfast tea, I would highly recommend giving flowering tea a go!
Flower before it had flourished in my mug!