Flowering teas, also known as blooming teas, performance teas, and display teas, among other names, are hand-sewed individual tea leaves forming a ball, and designed to perform an action when steeped in hot water, usually unfurling into decorative flower-like arrangements. Flowering teas are usually prepared in glass or otherwise transparent cups or mugs so that the performance can be seen.
Varieties include Green Tea Anemone, Black Tea Anemone, Jing Shang Tian Hua, Litchi Nut and Dragon Pearls, also known as Ying Yang Pearls. The Green Tea Anemone is the most popular variety, while Jing Shang Tian Hua, made with chrysanthemum flowers, is one of the most rare.
Flowering tea was created recently in the past 20 years in China. Most if not all flowering tea comes from China, as other tea origins (such as India, Sri Lanka, etc) have not picked up this new trend.
Flowering tea primarily uses green, white
and black tea
is also used in some instances.
Common flowers used in flowering teas include globe amaranth
, and marigold
These teas can be refreshed several times by adding more water as needed, from 5 to 15 times depending on the variety. Flowering teas are fragrant, aromatic teas that do not tend to get bitter with extended steeping.