The first time I was in Hong Kong I bought some “flowering tea” which I just re-found in my tea cupboard. Here it is in its packet. You get two in a tin.


The first time I made it in my friend’s glass teapot which works rather better than a mug, but I only have china pots so this will have to do.


Here it is hidden inside its little tea-pod. Apply boiling water and something magical happens!


Bubble bubble bubble. The flower is about to burst out!


Tada! Wow! The flower is reborn.


They’re made by wrapping tea leaves around a picked flower and letting the whole thing dry out. No idea why anyone thought to do this originally.