If you’re not familiar with the whole culture surrounding tea, then you’re probably unfamiliar with the term, “blooming art tea”. It’s a pretty neat concept and is something that can amaze your party guests of all ages. You’ll never grow tired of serving blooming teas.
Most likely, it was the Chinese that came up with the idea of a flowering or a blooming tea because the flowers used in these teas are commonly found in China and shipped around the world.
So What is a Blooming Art Tea?
A flowering or blooming tea is exactly as it sounds. It is a bundle of dried flowers and tea leaves that expand and “bloom” in the hot water in your personal teapot. When the bundle blooms, it looks like a little bouquet. For this reason, it’s good to have a glass teapot whereby the blooming can be “experienced” in real time right at the table you’re sitting at. The amount of size difference of the finished bloom can be five or six times that of the dried flowering tea ball. It takes about 5 minutes to bloom.
The flowers used in flowering blooms include jasmine, chrysanthemum, amaranth, hibiscus, lily and osmanthus. They smell great and lend a little aromatherapy to the tea party. Flowering teas don’t get bitter even though they may steep for extended periods of time. (Remember, the average green tea only steeps for 5 minutes.) The mild flavor of the flowers neutralizes any bitter taste of the steeped green or black infusions.