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Jasmine Tea

Jasmine Tea is a kind of scented tea, which produces the fragrance of jasmine flower.  It is similar to other tea types like green tea, black tea, and white tea. This tea was introduced during the period of the Song Dynasty, and it is most famous in China.

How it is prepared?

  • At the start of spring, the tea leaves are harvested and stored till late summer.
  • The fresh jasmine flowers are picked, while its petals are tightly closed.
  • These flowers are kept in a cool place until the evening.
  • Once the flowers start to open in the evening, the tea is mixed with jasmine flower and kept overnight.
  • The jasmine flower tends to open in the night and release its fragrance to the tea.
  • The tea takes four or five hours to absorb the flavor of the flower.
  • This process is repeated for six to seven times.
  • As the tea takes all the moisture from the flowers, it must be dried to be fresh.

Where it is produced?

Jasmine tea is best produced in the Chinese province of Fujian. It is also harvested in other provinces like:

  • Hunan
  • Guangxi
  • Guangdong
  • Jiangxi
  • Jiangsu
  • Zhejiang

Overall, Jasmine tea is used as a gesture to welcome guests in Northern China.

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