These "Blooming Tea Balls" are handmade from top quality green tea with a dried flower inside. Steeped in hot water, the ball opens and the flower "blooms", adding both colour and flavour to the tea. The green tea comes from Fujian, in China, and the balls are actually made there.
The aromas of both flowers and tea leaves are very well preserved and these exceptional teas develop a wonderful flavour. At the same time they can create a beautiful table decoration.The balls should be kept in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight and will keep for 18 months. Although not essential, it's good if they can be refrigerated (in which case they may well keep longer). Typical flowers used are rose, jasmine and the globe amaranth, Gomphrena Globosa.
- Put one tea ball in a heatproof glass or teapot.
- Pour a little boiled water over the ball.
- Drain the water out of the vessel
- Fill the vessel with the rest of the water (90°C).
- After 5 to 10 minutes (varies with the flower) the tea is ready to be drunk.