Your Cup of Tea 9: Japanese Cherry Blossom (Sakurayu)

YUM Eat Cafe - teaThe coming weeks we introduce you to about 25 different natural health teas (without added  flavours and other artificial additives). Here the third part of the introduction. All teas at Yum Eat Cafe are served in-fusion.

Sakurayu or Japanese Cherry Blossom Tea is a Japanese infusion created by mixing pickled cherry blossoms with boiled water. This combination becomes a type of herbal tea, and has been enjoyed in East Asian culture for many generations.

The main ingredient, cherry blossoms petals, are harvested when the cherry trees bloom from mid to late spring. After the calyxes are removed, the petals are then pickled in plum vinegar and salt and the product subsequently dried. The dried cherry blossoms are then stored or sealed in tea packets and sold.

In order to produce sakurayu, a few such dried, salt-pickled blossoms must be sprinkled into a cup of hot water. Once covered in hot water, the collapsed petals unfurl and float.The herbal tea is then allowed to steep until the flavor reaches its desired intensity. The resulting drink tastes slightly salty.

“Sakurayu” is served at weddings as it represents “beginning” .

 

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