16 February 2010 3,716 views 2 Comments
Ingredient Name: Chrysanthemums, Mums, Chrysanths
Traditional Chinese Name: 菊花 (jú huā)
What is this?
- A perennial flower plant that has many variations (different colours such as white, pinks, yellows) in various shapes and sizes
- First cultivated in China for herbal properties
- Used in teas, drinks, desserts and various other Chinese dishes
- Often purchased dried for consumption
- Has a very distinct taste and scent
How do I prepare it?
Rinse in warm water but don’t soak as this will start bringing out the flavours of the flower
Add immediately to boiling water or hot water for teas
Where can I buy this?
This is available in most Asian supermarkets as prepackages
Also available in Chinese herbals stores
You can purchase Chrysanthemum tea bags in Western Supermarkets
What is the cost
1 medium-sized bag cost $6 HKD
Said to be a cooling food
Can help reduce acne (cool the skin and body)
Aids in digestion and is often taken with meals
Also said to be be helpful in curing blood pressure, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, heart colic and arteriosclerosis
Not be consumed by women who are pregnant – especially in first trimester as it’s a cooling food