It’s time for a Home Tearoom session! Right now is the season for cherry blossoms and I wanted to share what it’s like brewing the blossoms themselves into a tea. I have tasted a blended sakura tea, but I wanted to experience the pure flavor of the flower alone. The brand I purchased is Honji-En and the flowers are harvested from a cherry tree variety called Yae-zakura.
First off, the packaged blossoms are preserved with salt and plum vinegar, so they will need to be rinsed before using for tea.
It only took a light dip in the bowl of water to remove the salt. Once the salt was off I placed the flower into a cup of hot water and let it steep for five minutes.
It was surprisingly simple washing the salt from the blossom and the tea itself was not salty. However, I probably needed to use less water–there wasn’t any flavor… (*・‐・*)
Eventually, I will try it again, but I want to save the flowers for a special occasion next.
Anyway, if you want to try this yourself, just know that it is not too difficult to rinse off the salt, it’s worth doing, it’s so elegant, and makes for a very photogenic cup of tea.
Hello~! For the last few days I have enjoyed my cherry tree’s blooms. They finally opened! I had been eagerly waiting for my weeping cherry tree to flower for weeks. I was concerned that they would prematurely blow off because of storms, but they have lasted so that I could appreciate the bud-to-bloom progression. This was my needed excuse to sit under a tree and to enjoy some treats I have been saving for the occasion.
The items I had were Lipton sakura tea, two types of mochi, a red cocoa KitKat bar, and Little Twin Stars sugar star candies. I also made roasted barley tea (mugicha) to sip afterward. ^^
Since I had several treats to eat with the tea, I just set them on the saucer and brought it outside. The tea is a blend of black tea with Japanese cherry blossoms, so it is a dark color.
It is still pretty early in the flowering period, so the tree isn’t super fluffy with flowers yet, but it is still so pretty~ the flowers are pure white with yellow stamens.
This tree blooms during the changing weather, so there is a lot of wind and/or rain that tug at the the delicate petals. All of these factors make the already short flowering period even more short-lived–I am lucky for it to last a week! But because of this, I have learned to appreciate the beautiful flowers sooner than later. ^^