Jasmine Green tea is one of the most famous Chinese Green Tea types in the world. Every single tea addict has heard of Jasmine Green Tea ! Let us learn more about this extraordinary tea type.
Jasmine Green Tea. History and production.
Jasmine flowers have a very special place in Chinese culture. It is believed to be a sacred plant in many regions of China.
The jasmine plant arrived in China from South Asia during the Han Dynasty (from 206 BC to 220 AD), and has been used for different purposes including medicine and aromatherapy ever since. It has also been added into tea to enhance its aroma since the 5th century AD.
However, it was not until during the Qing dynasty that Jasmine flavoured tea gained in popularity. When it became known outside China it started being exported to the west. Jasmine flowers were added to different tea types, including black tea. However, the most popular and widespread type of jasmine tea is indeed Jasmine Green tea.
Since jasmine plants usually grow in mountainous areas of China, most Jasmine Green Tea is produced there too. However, the province that is responsible for producing the most of Jasmine Green tea is still Fujian. What is more, this province is also known to produce the best Jasmine tea in China.
Jasmine Green Tea is produced in the following way. The harvesting of the tea leaves starts in the spring. Then they are kept until summer to ‘wait’ for the blossom of jasmine flowers that bloom in the summer. Jasmine flowers are collected in the morning. This is very important because they need to be harvested when the petals are still closed.
The next step in the production of Jasmine tea consists in placing the petals on the tea leaves. During this time the tea scenting takes place. The flowers open and give the tea its unique fragrance!
Jasmine tea is known to be a type of Chinese Green Tea, because most of it is produced in China.
However, it also exists in other countries. For example, some jasmine plants are grown in Japan. Therefore, some Jasmine green tea is produced in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan, and is commonly referred to as ‘Sapin-cha’ there.
Jasmine Tea. Traditions.
Jasmine Tea is one of the most popular drinks in China. It is usually consumed as hot tea; however, some people drink it cold, like water.
In some areas of China, such as Fuzhou (the capital of Fujian province) it almost has a divine reputation. Jasmine is a municipal flower in this area, and it is regarded as a symbol of eternal love there, and is considered to be a ‘holy flower’. Therefore, Jasmine green tea is regarded as a local beverage there, and is usually served to welcome guests.
Jasmine Green Tea is also known for its great health benefits. Therefore, the direct translation of the phrase “I am going to buy medications” sounds like “I am going to buy tea” in the Fuzhou dialect of the Chinese language. Or if one wants to say “I am going to take a medication”, the direct translation would be “I am going to drink tea”.
This example illustrates the fact that, in addition to being very aromatic and having an exquisite taste, Jasmine Green Tea is also extremely healthy. To learn more about it, please refer to our article “8 Greatest Jasmine tea benefits”.
Jasmine Tea Brewing Instructions
Jasmine Green Tea is brewed in the same way as many other green teas. It is recommended to use 80 – 85 °C water to obtain the best taste and keep all the nutritive qualities of this marvellous tea.