Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I seem to go a little wild in ethnic food stores. As some of you may remember, I enjoy blending my own herbal (and regular) teas from scratch, and I love tea!
When I was at the Jasmine Market in San Rafael, I spied this bag of dried rose buds, and it was all over.
So I measured some out in a sake cup.
And I measured some peppermint out in a sake cup as well. I put both into a strainer in a tea pot and steeped the mixture in hot water. It came out as the first picture, a light flavor with a predominantly mint taste, yet had a hint of roses.
Last night I tried another experiment using a large pot to make tea with whole hibiscus flowers, the rose buds, and mint. It was a light pink pleasant drink that tasted a lot like Wu Wei Tea. However, Wu Wei is made from Wu Wei-zi which is Schizandra Berry, a red berry with medicinal properties. I enjoyed my concoction just as well.