Red Dates, Longan, and Wolfberries Warming Chinese Herbal Tea

Tea Name:

Warming red dates, longans, and wolfberries Chinese herbal tea

Traditional Chinese Name:

红枣茶 (hóng zǎo chá)

Nature:  Warming

Taste: Sweet

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This is one of the most common warming Chinese herbal teas available.  You’ll find it in restaurants, tea shops, and as suggested by herbalists or Chinese wet mart vendors as a warm, enhancing Qi deficiency, tonifying blood, and calming the spirit tea. 

The tea is primarily warmed by the red dates and longans, offering a sweet yang enhancing experience that is delicious and soothing.  This is one of my favourite and easiest teas to make from your Chinese Soup Pantry!

You can check this article that explains the balance of yin and yang in the body, AN INTRODUCTION TO YIN AND YANG IN OUR EVERYDAY SOUPS AND FOOD. 

What’s involved?

 Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 3 mins (steep time)

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 1 cup

Ingredients
    Cooking Instructions
    1. I will measure out all the ingredients and put them into an individual empty tea bag, rock sugar optional (or until the very end)
    2. Seal (or fold) and ensure none of the loose flowers or pedals will fall out
    3. Drop into a ceramic or glass mug
    4. Add in boiling water to 1 cup full
    5. Cover and steep for 2 minutes
    6. Add in your rock sugar, cover and steep for another 1 minute, stirring to ensure the rock sugar dissolves
    7. Or add in honey after cooling for about 3 minutes
    8. Serve and enjoy!
    Any benefits?
    • This Chinese herbal tea is warming and soothing
    • This tea tonifies and nourishes the blood and both red dates and longans calm the spirit, so this tea is perfect for taking some moments to yourself
    • Readily available ingredients (definitely in Hong Kong) and also in Canada (have bought all these ingredients in Toronto before)
    • Great for traveling, on the go, or in the office
    • Super easy to make

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    You can actually make these little tea bags or pouches yourself!  The ingredients are all part of my standard Chinese Soup kitchen pantry and then I use disposable and decomposable tea bags!

    Use disposable, environmentally friendly, degradable tea bags!

    There are various individual tea bags you can find out there!

    The two I’ve been using are these Japanese ones (sourced from Hong Kong) that fold over.  I’m not sure if they are degradable completely, but finishing up a batch I took back with me.

    I would recommend these disposable and environmentally friendly tea bags from amazon.  I also bought some and now have a pile of tea bag holders sitting in my drawer!  But I do love how convenient they are and will pre-make my own tea bags to bring to work or pre-fill in my thermal mug for drinking on the go!

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