“Tea peeps? This tea is FREAKING BEAUTIFUL! This is a new tea for me, and from what I was told from the tea seller, yunomi.us, this is a very traditional japanese flavor. Ehh! A Challenge! An...” Read full tasting note
“This tea has very interesting steeping directions. However, they help to offset the salt (which preserves the blossoms)… The sight of the tea is very nice—clear liquid with a pink flower floating...” Read full tasting note
“This is basically a pickled flower. It is lovely once the petals unfurl. It makes me feel like a princess. Everyone knows that flowers are a princess’ favorite food. The tea itself it a little...” Read full tasting note
The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, is one of the foremost symbols of Japan. Symbolizing the intense ephemerality of life, they bloom en masse once a year for a short week or two painting Japan pink and white, then are blown away by the wind in a beautiful shower of petals.
Our Sakura Tea is salt-pickled, the standard way of drinking it in Japan. But the salted sakura petals are quite flexible as well and are great with Japanese sake, mixed with rice (sakura rice), cookies, cakes, and occasionally made into sakura tea jelly among other things. We also highly recommend adding them to our sencha and genmaicha tea for that uniquely Japanese spring flavor.
The flavor of these sakura “cherry” blossoms, being the blossoms and not the fruit, is quite different from the cherry fruit flavor so common in Western sweets (as well as many “Japanese cherry green teas” where the “cherry” is actually cherry fruit flavoring). If you’ve never had sakura-flavored tea before, be prepared for a wonderfully unique experience!!
How to steep Sakura Tea:
1. Take one sakura petal and soak it in warm water for about 5 minutes to remove the salt.
2. After you have removed the salt, place the petal in your tea cup.
3. Pour hot water into the tea cup with the petal inside, then use a spoon to add the salted water to according to taste.
Product name: Sakura Tea
Ingredients: Yaezakura, salt, plum vinegar
Weight of contents: 20 g (holds 15 – 20 blossoms, 1 blossom per cup)
Produced in: Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture
Expiration: Good for 6 months from shipment
Storage: Seal tightly and refrigerate
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