Tisanes: Sakura Tea Steeping Instructions

November 09, 2012

Sakura Tea from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Sakura Tea from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Sakura Tea, or Cherry Blossom Tea, is made from salt-pickled cherry blossoms of the yaezakura type of Japanese cherry tree (not to be confused with fruit bearing cherry trees, a different species). These blossoms, representing the beginning of spring in late March / early April, are central images in both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The flavor of sakura, found in everything from rice cakes to Kit Kat chocolate in Japan, comes from these salt-pickled blossoms.

Try this Heavenly Sweet Sakura Latte recipe
Buy Sakura Tea from our suppliers Obubu Tea or Kobayashi Tao Shoten

Storage: Store these blossoms in your refrigerator. After opening the package, use a Ziploc bag to seal for freshness.

Instructions:

  1. Take one sakura blossom and soak it in a cup of warm water for about 5 minutes to remove the salt. Keep the salty water for flavor adjustment (you can taste it to see what the strong sakura flavor is like).
  2. After 5 minutes, place the blossom in your tea cup.
  3. Pour fresh hot water into the tea cup with the blossom inside, then use a spoon to add the salt-flavored water according to taste.

Other ways to enjoy your Sakura blossoms from Obubu:

  1. Please the sakura blossom in your cup of sencha or genmaicha.
  2. Place the sakura blossom in a cup of Japanese sake.
  3. Use the sakura blossoms in baking cookies, cupcakes, etc.
  4. Use the sakura blossoms mixed with white rice.

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