Blooming Tea

Arguably the prettiest type of tea, “blooming teas” or “flowering teas” are tea leaves and flowers that have been dried and compressed to “bloom” when steeped in water. Preparing blooming tea is incredibly simple, and stunning to watch unfold. You can find flowering teas at many specialty tea shops. These purple amaranth flowering teas were brought back for me from a bazaar in Turkey, by a loved one.


  1. Place one tea ball in a clear glass teapot. You can also use a glass cup or french press.
  2. Bring water to a near boil.
  3. Pour the hot water into your glass container.
  4. Watch for about five minutes as your tea flower slowly opens up from a tiny ball into a flower-like bloom.

Note: You can add more water after you finish your tea, but just note that it will become increasingly bitter.

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