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
- Extremely affordable
- 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