Spring Teas – Jasmine Flower
The fragrant Jasmine is from the olive family. A highly prized flower, it is rich with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and thought to remedy a vast variety of ailments. It has been used in teas since the 5th century in South Asia, often blended with black or green tea. The jasmine flower represents purity, love, beauty and sensuality; its name is derived from the Persian word “Yasmin” meaning Gift from God.
A Bit of History
The hot-blooded hibiscus tree is of the mallow family – a relative of the marshmallow plant. Hibiscus originated in lands close to the Equator where explorers discovered and brought it to Europe and other parts of the world. More than a beautiful flower, the hibiscus is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants and enjoyed for its medicinal qualities as well as its flavor. To make hibiscus tea, just add a few teaspoons to taste to a teapot, fill with boiling water, and let sit for four or five minutes. You can also use hibiscus in a variety of cold drinks and cocktails. It pairs well with spearmint and lemon, among other flavors. Have extra flowers? Why not use them in recipes and decorations?