Sunday, August 4, 2013

PRIMULA-Flowering Teas

Flowering tea or blooming tea  consist each of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers These are made by binding tea leaves and flowers together into a bulb and are then set to dry. When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower, while the flowers inside emerge as the centerpiece. Typically they are sourced from the Yunnan province of China. Flowers commonly used in flowering teas include globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, and osmanthus.
It remains uncertain whether flowering tea was a modern creation or was a much older invention of China.
Flowering tea is generally served in containers made of glass, or other transparent material, so that the flowering effect can be seen. The bundles can usually be reused two or three times without the tea becoming bitter.


Today I made the classic MISTAKE!  I did not read the directions on the box. I thought that this was an herb tea and it is actually a GREEN TEA!  Thinking it was an herb tea I used hotter water than I should have, and I also steeped WAY to long.  I tried the tea and I had to toss it.  Trying it the correct way- using water less than 195 degrees, and steeping for 2-3 minutes- made a COMPLETE DIFFERENCE! I could totally taste the jasmine flavor this time, it was soo good!  The first time I made the tea the flower had not opened, the second time I made it the flower had still not opened all the way, it was not until the third cup that the flower had completely opened.  All three cups were great and strong with jasmine flavor.  How true that water temperature and steeping time is HUGE!


This tea comes in 4 flavors- Jasmine, Vanilla, Pomegranate or Acai Berry Green Tea...but I am out of the vanilla :)

Cup one done the right way, above

 Cup two the right way

Cup three the right way
Primula’s Color Box of Flowering Teas renders an exquisite experience the instant you open the lovely container. Inside each box you’ll find carefully wrapped tea buds that are individually labeled and show a picture of the encapsulated beauty within. Each specialty gift box offers up 8 Unique Experiences. Enjoy a pot of Fresh Jasmine, Vanilla, Pomegranate or Acai Berry Green Tea. All four varieties deliver an ambrosial delicious tea that is not only savory but also fascinating to brew. Each flower bud is made with AA green tea and will make 15 cups of tea from just one bloom. Each bud morphs into a blossoming flower inside your pot or mug when you add hot water to create a healthy, antioxidant-rich, flavorful tea. Just add more hot water to the flower throughout the day to make more tea. Each box makes up to 120 cups of tea.
Primula transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary from the visual delight of flowering teas to an intoxicating aroma of fresh pressed coffee. It is how Primula feels about each one of their products. Primula creates new items by exploring how people prepare beverages in different cultures and understanding the experience and ritual of these preparations. Understanding why people love that beverage is the first step in our design process. Products are designed to connect with that emotion.

Primula does it differently. And it must be working, as this family-owned business has been designing and creating consumer products since its  1946

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