How to Brew Sakura Tea

How to Brew Sakura Tea

Japan is full of cherry blossoms every spring. They even have entire festivals dedicated to viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms. It should be no surprise that they also use these flowers to make tea. Sakura, literally meaning cherry blossom, is a common ingredient in Japanese teas. Brewing sakura tea is quite an experience. These pickled blossoms unravel into little feathery, tutu-like blooms when hot water hits them.

These gentle petals offer a salty, floral sip that is certainly different than your everyday herbal tea. You will certainly find this blend a little bit weird if you’ve never drunk it before. It can even be a bit too salty in the beginning. Try adding smaller amounts of flowers in the brew until you get used to the taste.

How to Brew Sakura TeaHow to Brew Sakura Tea

Here are a couple of tips on how to brew the perfect sakura tea for beginners. First of all, prepare two teacups in advance. Into the first cup, place one or two of the blossoms. Pour hot water over them and let them steep for 5 minutes. Next, transfer the flowers to the second cup and repeat the process. If you want, you can pour some of the water from the first cup over into the second. Adjust the saltiness of the tea according to your preferences.

The cherry blossoms are either hot pink or mauve in appearance. Sometimes they even have brown stems. Also, they are covered in salt. Yes, you heard correctly. You might want to shake off some of the excess before you make the tea. Japanese people immerse these flowers in salt and plum vinegar to preserve them. Therefore, the tea tastes as something that’s been pickled.

This tea is best when served hot, because it brings out the mild flavors. Expect the flowers to have a lighter color when they finish steeping. In Japan, people drink this tea during weddings due to its significance of new beginnings.

In conclusion, now you can consider yourself an expert at brewing sakura tea! Experiment with different blends and see which one works for you.


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