Gentle jasmine tea is one of the most popular tea drinks, combining the benefits of green tea and fragrant and sweet jasmine flowers.
Although the original recipe used only the aroma of the jasmine flowers, nowadays the tea is produced by several technological processes, so the tea can be purchased as flavored or as a mixture of tea leaves and flowers. A valued property of jasmine is its ability to neutralise intense flavours, which is why it is very often offered as part of a multi-course menu, where it can replace sorbet.
Characteristics and production of jasmine tea
The infusion is typically yellow in colour and has a delicate sweet taste, which is imparted by the jasmine flowers.
Original production of jasmine tea
Jasmine tea can be produced in several ways – the original production technology was exclusively manual, but nowadays machine production is also used. For the original production process, the tea leaves are collected and slowly dried for several months, then mixed together at the time of harvesting the jasmine flowers.
The jasmine flowers are picked around midday and left to bloom by the tea leaves, which are gradually aromatised by their fragrance. The process can take several days, with the main part taking place at night, when the tea leaves are continuously stirred and heated together.
In the last stage, the florets are removed from the mixture.
Modern ways of making jasmine tea
In addition to the traditional method, accelerated production methods are also used, which result in blends of floral tea (the jasmine flower is left in the blend) or flavoured tea, to which the fragrance is added using jasmine essential oil.
Tea produced in this way is usually portioned and industrially produced.
Preparation and health benefits
The preparation of jasmine tea is derived from the classic preparation procedure for tea base. Since the latter is usually made up of green tea, the vast majority of jasmine teas are prepared in the same way, i.e. by pouring a small amount of tea over water, the temperature of which should be 80 °C.
Jasmine tea then takes 1-2 minutes to infuse, depending on the amount of infusion being prepared.
The best infusion is then the second and third. For portioned teas, the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed.
Benefits of jasmine tea for the human body
As is the case with green tea, we find many benefits for the human body in jasmine tea, which can be attributed to its base and the complementary flower.
Apart from the fact that it is a delicious and slightly healthier alternative to coffee, which provides the body with caffeine along with other supportive substances such as vitamins, minerals or valued antioxidants, jasmine tea also supports immunity building and improves digestion.
It is very suitable as part of diet programs – it helps with weight loss and also overall detoxification of the body.