Tian Hu Shan’s Globe Amaranth Tea

Tian Hu Shan’s Globe Amaranth Tea

Hot pink tea anyone?

When I spotted this glass jar brimming with cute purple buds at the Chinese market the other day I just had to give it a try.  Globe amaranth tea, also known as “Thousand Days Red,” grows readily in the tropical regions of Central America.  This blossom thrives year round in warm temperatures, and can come in glorious shades of purple, red, lilac, pink, and even orange.  These little flowers commonly surprise tea drinkers as the center bud of “blooming teas,” or balls of teas that expand and unravel like beautiful blooming flowers as they steep in hot water.

If these flowers look familiar to you, it might be because they are threaded together into long strands for making Hawaiian leis.  When dried, the globe amaranth are able to keep their color and structure extremely well.  I also use these little beauties to decorate cakes and cupcakes, especially when fresh edible blooms are not available.

Globe amaranth tea is an herbal (caffeine-free) tisane known for containing many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  This tea may offer several health benefits including reducing fatigue, improving skin, lowering blood pressure, even preventing gray hairs!  I’ll be patient to see if globe amaranth lives up to these claims, but if expectations fall short at least I’ll have some gorgeous leis to wear during my next trip to Hawaii.

Tasting Notes:

BREWING TIPS: 5-7 minutes @ 212 degrees F.  The blossoms of the globe amaranth are slow in getting saturated with water, so this tea benefits from some stirring and agitation during brewing process.

THE LEAF:  Dark, deep purple blossoms–sturdy and multi-petaled–with short stems attached.

THE SCENT:  Dried flowers without any perfume-like fragrance.

THE STEEP:  Hot pink!  Distinctly vegetal with spinach undertones, herbaceous like chrysanthemum tea and mildly sweet.  This tea is caffeine-free.

GET IT:  I bought this tea at 99 Ranch Market in California, but another brand of globe amaranth is available online at Amazon.com.

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jessica

Love! I bought mine in early 2013 at 99 Ranch as well (the one on the SFV)! Couldn’t help it, it was so pretty. I drink it and I turn the pretty flowers into garlands and am now looking to grow it! love your photos…that cuppa pink is gorgeous!

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Bonnie Eng

I love those pretty little buds! I have some ideas on how to decorate different treats with them too…will let you know when I post those…thanks for stopping by!;)

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Marie Lomeo

Thank you for your information and comments. I enjoy teas and their benefits. I will check out the product on Amazon.com

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Deeda

We have plenty of this flower here in the Philippines. I didn’t know it is edible until I saw it in a tea store. I have to dry mine and try how it taste. Thank you for the information.

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Bonnie Eng

Hi Carolynn! I would say about 3 per cup of tea. They will take longer to steep than regular tea, even up to 7-10 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

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Vanessa Gomez

where can i get the tea? i suffer of high blood pressure for 6 months now i don’t want the pillds any more

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I didn’t know we can use it for tea! All my life growing up we gather them to make “mwaar” in my language. Headbands or crowns we use on special occasions made out of all kinds of fresh flowers. I bought one and I will try it, love drinking tea! Good benefits!

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