I will talk today about my favorite tea of April. This month I am choosing to talk about Cherry Blossom Tea because this is one of my favorite memories related to April.
The atmosphere that surrounds you when you are in a garden with cherry blossom trees, it is surreal. Everything feels calm and you pay attention to all the small flowers surrounding you.Favorite tea of the month: Cherry blossom tea
Last year, I visited Japan during the cherry blossom season and I can truly say that it was my favorite holiday so far. There, I found out that Japanese make tea out of these lovely cherry flowers as well.
Japanese are making this tea, depending on the area, either simple, made of the cherry flowers only or, what was a big surprise for me, they are making salty cherry blossom tea!
I was in Kyoto, and a nice lady was serving people with small cups of tea. When she gave it to me, she also warned me that it is salty. I was a bit confused but at least I prepared my taste buds for it. I can say that it tastes more like a soup to me than a tea but it was a unique experience.
My preference is the less salty cherry blossom tea, no salty taste.
Besides the fact that these little flowers look like they are from fairy tales, I looked into some benefits that the tea can bring.
Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Tea Benefits
The antioxidants help protect and heal the cells in your body from the free radicals. Practically they inhibit oxidation and help removing the damaging oxidizing agents from your body.
2. Essential fatty acids
Helps repairing the skin and promotes a smooth supple skin
This tea is great for mature skin as it helps to reduce the wrinkles and regenerate the skin. Promotes collagen formation
The anti-inflammatory properties help reducing the uneven pigmentation and cleanses the skin of toxins. The skin will appear clear and brightened.
Sakura is an elegant symbol of Japanese beauty. Its pink, clear, flawless appearance it is often encountered in Japanese weddings.
The salty tea I mentioned earlier can vary in taste as the salt technique is actually used to preserve the cherry blossoms. It is different from drying them as it keeps more of the taste and benefits.
I only drank this in tea shops, but the sweet version is made of the same salty flowers, leaving only the subtle taste of the cherry blossom behind. If you prefer the salty taste, you can be added back to the tea-cup, depending on how you like the taste. You can read more details on how to prepare it, here.
The image you get when you have the sakura tea in front of you is very relaxing and the pastel fairy tale is slowly developing in front of you while the cherry blossoms are dancing around. For enjoying this, a glass teapot is ideal.
I hope you enjoyed reading about cherry blossom tea and its benefits.
Have a great day!