02 September 2011

Longan Red Date Chrysanthemum Tea (龙眼红枣菊花茶)

Longan Chrysanthemum

The Chinese have all manner of refreshing infusions and soupy dessert that make use of dried aromatics and ingredients. Collectively called "tong shui", they are perfect for hot afternoons or for washing down a heavy meal.

This Longan, red date and chrysanthemum tea has lots of nourishing goodness - it replenishing vital energy (Qi) and promotes blood.

Dried red dates are good for irritable stomach. Chinese date’s are known as a "warm" food (in oriental culture, we believe that all kinds of food have characteristics - warm or cold). So it makes you relax and warms you up (good for insomnia and cold body sense) .

Dried longans are high in iron and is said to improve blood circulation and is good for ladies who feel cold during their menstrual cycles. However longan is also considered to be a heaty fruit and needs to be eaten in moderation.

Chrysanthemum quenches thirst and is well-known for its cooling properties that help to decrease body heat and is recommended for those with fever, sore throat, and other heat-related illnesses.

Recipe: Longan Red Date Tea
Makes: 1 Jug

• 2½L water
• 1 cup dried longans
• 1 cup dried red dates (jujube)
• 1 cup dried chrysanthemum flowers
• 100g honey rock sugar (i use 80g)

1. Bring water to boil. Add all ingredients except honey rock sugar and simmer for 20 minutes on moderate heat. (I boil the longan for 5min before adding the rest of ingredients and simmer)

2. Add in the honey rock sugar and boil for another 10 minutes.

3. Set aside to cool, then chill in the refrigerator.

Serve cold, with a generous helping of the delicious aromatics.
Longan Chrysanthemum

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