For centuries the Chinese have been weaving tea into the most extraordinary shapes, some of them requiring dozens of leaves. Hidden inside them are flowers that gradually open in the water. These are traditionally made in the remote villages dotting the Huang mountains, in the southern part of the province of Anhui.
When the Dragon Ball unfolds, a little jasmine arch stradling a lily and topped with an amaranthus flower is revealed.
How to prepare blooming tea:
1. Heat 400ml water to 80ο C (it should not boil)
2. Place the tea ball in a glass teapot and rinse with a little amount of hot water. Discard the water.
3. Pour the hot water into the pot. The tea ball will slowly begin to open up and reveal the flowers hidden inside.
4. You can re-use the ball 3 or 4 times within a short time.