Jasmine Pearls

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These wonderfully fragrant pearls are soothing to drink and magical to watch as they slowly unfurl into beautiful leaf and bud sets. Crafted from spring-picked, southern Chinese green tea and fresh jasmine blossoms, each individual pearl is a set of tender, silvery leaf buds, carefully rolled and then dried amid fresh jasmine blossoms.
Jasmine teas are primarily produced in Fuding, Fujian Province, China. The Jasmine flowers were native to the Persian Gulf, and according to some sources was brought to China in the 3rd Century.

We were never terribly enthusiastic about jasmines until we had a friend make these.

Our Jasmine Pearls are processed by taking the fine young leaf-and-bud sets picked in April of each year. They are then rolled into pearls, carefully stored until late June, when jasmine trees blossom with thousands of flowers per tree.
The tea is then separated into mesh trays and placed in a heated drier. In between each tray of tea pearls, a mesh tray of freshly picked jasmine flowers is placed. The drier gently blows 80-degree air through the tea and the blossoms, allowing the tea to gently absorb the scent of the flowers. In the morning the trays are removed, and the pearls are re-fired to remove any moisture absorbed from the blossoms, and then they are packed into chests and prepared for shipment. Often the blossoms will be saved and used over the next few nights on lesser-quality teas. The only aid to the scenting process is the gently blowing warm air of the drier.

Less expensive Jasmine Pearls and Jasmine teas do exist in the market. These teas can be quite old (more than 18 months since harvesting), or are summer-picked teas rather than spring-picked. Other tricks in the trade to cut corners and reduce costs are to perfume the teas with oils in combination with scenting, or using several-day-old blossoms rather than freshly picked blossoms. Top-quality jasmine teas often have only a few blossoms in with the tea, as most are carefully removed and reused for scenting lesser-quality teas.

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I got to go to True Food Kitchen today (it is a little far from my house, otherwise I would live there). We had a wonderful meal and then for dessert, we shared the flour less chocolate cake and drank this wonderful tea with it.
The jasmine in this green tea is perfect. It is not overpowering, it really smells like you are walking through a jasmine garden and drinking green tea. They really balanced this tea perfectly with the floral note because if it is too much floral, I don’t like it as well. It was definitely a delicious ending for a meal.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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The barista at Atlas Cafe wasn’t sure where they got their tea from, but looking at some of the containers on the shelf, I have a hunch it was this one. Was in the mood for something light and it did the trick.

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This is one of my ultimate favorites!!!

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