Chrysanthemum Tea

I actually had a roast chicken recipe to share today but I decided to push it up to next week because I think this recipe would be more beneficial for now. As you would have already known, we’re having some terrible weather and worsening haze over in Malaysia for a a few weeks now and it seems like a lot of people I know are becoming unwell, myself included.

At my house

At my house

In my Recipe List, there are several drink recipes that I’ve been relying on to keep myself refreshed and my throat clear especially Grass Jelly since prep is nothing other than shredding the jelly and adding it into syrup (I’ve recently discovered that using a the box grater on the coarse shredder side makes preparing this super quick!) However when I’m at work, I have been sipping on Chrysanthemum Tea everyday for the past week or so.

On the way to church meeting

On the way to church meeting

There are quite a number of known health benefits of chrysanthemum tea, some of which are general body cooling and acne treatment. Both of which I am happy to hear about. 😀 Though, if you really come down to it, it’s the floral fragrance and taste I am after.

When I make this tea, and I do it the way I am used to, I’d use Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers, Red Dates, Goji Berries, Honey Dates & Hot Water. Honey is optional. In fact sometimes I just used dried flowers with nothing else. Chrysanthemum Tea 1

Though, goji berries, red dates & honey dates are very healthy additions to this tea. They act as natural sweeteners too!

I love how the dried flowers puff up and rehydrate when hot boiling water is poured over them.Chrysanthemum Tea 3

The tea smells really fragrant with has a slight astringent taste. I really like it. It’s definitely not strong like black tea. Really delicate and refreshing.Chrysanthemum Tea 4

When I’m at work, I like to put some flowers into my little drink thermos with the trimmings, minus honey and add hot water to it as the day goes on. I’d sip on it all day long. Notice that with the addition of the dates, the tea is of a darker colour.

And it helps that the tea looks so pretty in my flask.Chrysanthemum Tea 6

I don’t think I’ll be stopping this habit for a while. Not until the rain comes back and the sky clears.
What are your favourite summer/hot weather drinks?

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Chrysanthemum Tea
makes a 1 cup capacity teapot, to be refilled with boiling water until flavours have diluted (can usually be refilled 5-6 times)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp small dried Chrysanthemum Flowers
2 Red Dates
1 tbsp Goji Berries
1 Honey Date
1 cup Boiling Hot Water

Sugar or Honey, to serve with (optional)

  1. Place all the ingredients into a tea pot. Fill with hot water and leave to steep for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Pour into cups and serve with sugar or honey if desired. Refill teapot and repeat.

**I know some people boil their tea on the stove top with rock sugar for about 15 minutes and serve that way but I have never seen the need to do so as I love to drink my tea warm. However if you like yours cold, boil it on the stove top, strain, cool and serve with a few ice cubes. Delicious that way too!

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