Jasmine Tea, also called as Jasmine Tisane or Jasmine Flower Tea, is an aromatic tea flavored and scented with jasmine flowers. It is commonly made with green tea leaves, or sometimes with oolong tea leaves, as base and is very popular in China. It is popular in Chinese restaurants and markets, and can also be bought from grocery stores or tea shops. But if you simply want to brew your own tea or you’re just curious about how it is done then read on to find out. Here is how to make jasmine tea the Chinese way.
The best jasmine flowers are harvested during the evening, because this is when they bloom and their fragrance becomes more potent. The blossoms are picked and strewn with the base tea leaves, and under controlled temperature and humidity. During this process, the blossoms become dry as their flavor is infused with the tea leaves. It usually takes 4 hours to achieve proper infusion of the tea leaves and jasmine blossoms. Sometimes, this curing is repeated for up to 7 times to have a stronger jasmine flavor. When this process is done, moisture released by the jasmine is removed by heating the tea; packaging comes after this.
You may also want to purchase jasmine tea from a Chinese grocer or an Asian health food store. The tea may come in teabags or loose form. Whichever it is you choose, always use water that is nearly boiling (at least 80° Celsius or 170° Fahrenheit). This aids in the release of polyphenols from the tea without causing a bitter flavor. Use 3 to 5 cups of hot water with 1 teabag or roughly 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves; this makes around 3 to 5 cups of tea.
Allow tea to steep for at least 1 to 5 minutes; longer steeping time will result to a bitter taste. When you’re using teabags, dunk the bag continuously instead of just letting it sit. This helps increase polyphenol content. After the steeping is done, remove the teabag and serve the tea in cups; as for loose tea, you may opt to strain it when pouring into teacups. Now you may enjoy a nice hot cup of jasmine tea.
However, if you don’t want your tea hot, jasmine tea may also be enjoyed iced. When making iced jasmine tea, just remember to double your tea quantity. So instead of using just a single teabag or teaspoon, add in 2 per 3 to 5 cups of water. Then infuse tea into cold water for around 45 minutes to an hour.
To enjoy jasmine tea even more, whether it is cold or hot, jasmine flowers are often left in the tea when served. However, this addition is only for aesthetic purposes; the flowers become odorless and flavorless after undergoing the curing process. They only make the tea prettier as they rehydrate and unfold in the tea water. Adding dried flowers when serving tea has become an accepted practice of livening things up a little more.
What is important in drinking tea are the health benefits that you can get. Lower cholesterol level, an increase in milk production for lactating women, a decrease in stress, and a better prevention of illness are just a few of the aromatherapy benefits we can get from jasmine tea. So with these benefits together with the enjoyable flavor and subtle note of the jasmine blossom, even just a sip of this tea is surely enticing.