Type: Floral Tea
Description: Did you know that Apple Blossoms are produced in spring simultaneously with the budding of the leaves? By drinking the Apple Blossoms it can improve digestion, remove excess fat, clear acne, lighten pigmentation, and ease nerves. By having a cup of Apple Blossom tea each day, it could help diminish pimples, dark spots, blackheads, and other skin problems. It can also help improve female organs if you have premenstrual cycle problems.
Apple blossom buds appear in the spring after a period of dormancy during cold winter temperatures. This latent period is necessary for the flowers to develop properly and for the tree to yield an abundant fruit crop. Apple blossoms are clustered in groups of 4 to 8 and are white to pale pink with reddish-pink undersides. They are highly aromatic with nuances of wild rose, jasmine, water lily and honey. Their flavor is subtle with a sweet honeysuckle quality and delicate texture.
Flowers are generally very high in antioxidants and important in ridding the body of free radicals. A tea of dried Apple blossoms may be consumed as a stress reliever, digestion aid or to clear complexion.
Visually as a garnish, Apple blossoms have a delicate and elegant appearance. Their sweet flavor also complements fruits like lemon, pear, apricot and quince, or other edible aromatic flowers such as rose, jasmine, and elderflower. Apple blossoms may be steeped as a tea, made into jelly or aged in vodka for an aromatic cordial.
Apple blossoms are just one of the many flowers that are used in Chinese herbal medicine. There their name is Pin Guo Hua and they are an integral part of maintaining the mind and body balance of Yin and Yang. Just as some people enjoy green smoothies in the morning to get them going, others may enjoy an herbal tea (tisane) in the evening to unwind and/or for the various potential health benefits. This Apple Blossom Tisane may surprise you with its unique taste and what it could do for your skin.
Brewing Guide: Take Hot (or Boiling) Water and pour over Apple Blossoms for at least 10 minutes. Pour through a strainer to remove blossoms and drink infused water as a tisane (herbal tea).