Organic Dried Gomphrena Flower
Gomphrena Globosa, also called Red Globe Amaranth Flower, literally translates to 'Thousand Days Red' due to the long blooming period of this flower. Globe amaranth is a short annual with dense, cloverlike flower clusters that often are dried and preserved. The flowers lack petals but exhibit red, pink, orange, or white bracts on long stalks. This tea contains essential vitamins and minerals and is known in Chinese medicine for helping to relieve cough, shortness of breath, and enhance vision. Light herbal sweetness. This tea has an intriguing smell and held through more than one brewing, an interesting herbal.
Globe amaranth is an easy annual flower to grow. The plant , typically started from seed and set out as transplants after the threat of frost, grows best in a well-drained, full-sun location. Globe amaranth is quite drought tolerant and will not survive in wet, poorly drained soil. The plants only require occasional dead-heading and are relatively pest-free.
Globe amaranth flowers are extremely simple to dry. Cut while the small yellow flowers are still fresh and leave as much stem attached as possible. Bundle six to 12 stems together with a rubber band and hang upside down in a dark, well-ventilated area.
To prepare the tea, rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Use about 2 teaspoons for every 500ml of water. Infuse in hot water at 90°c (194°F) to 95°c (203°F) for 2 to 4 minutes for the first and second brewing. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.