ARABIAN TEA JASMINE (Sambac) Maid of Orleans
Jasminum sambac this listing is for 12 to 18 inch, multi-branched plants, BUDDING. Sambac is, arguably, the most fragrant jasmine of all. an evergreen, easy-to-grow shrub, that often reaches 5 ft in height in pots. Sambac is the Primary jasmine used in infusions, teas, perfumes, and flavorings. Arabian jasmine is native to India. We have included our favorite jasmine recipes in this listing
BLOOMING TIME: Arabian Jasmine blooms all year long in a warm environment, indoors or out. Flowers are ¾ to 1 inch across and are powerfully fragrant.
CULTURE: Jasminum sambac needs full sun to partial shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. The potting soil should consist of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand. Keep the soil moist for optimum growth. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Some branches may reach 6 to 8 ft long if not pruned. Pruning helps keep an abundance of flowers, since flowers are produced on new wood.
MAKING JASMINE TEA: You can make your own jasmine tea. Buy good quality Loose green or oolong tea leaves to use as a base. Next, have plenty of jasmine blossoms on hand. You will need a supply of fresh blossoms, not dried flowers. When the jasmine blossoms are open, mix the jasmine flowers with your green tea leaves in a zip-lock bag. Leave in a warm place for half a day , remove the flower blossoms before brewing tea. Repeat these steps with the same tea leaves to achieve a heavier infusion of jasmine. Brew this tea the same way you would ordinary green tea leaves
MAKING JASMINE RICE: Place rice in a zip-lock bag and add fresh Sambac Flowers. The Dry rice will absorb the fragrance and flavor of the jasmine. Remove flowers before cooking.
MAKING JASMINE HONEY: Simply add fresh flowers to your honey and place the jar in the sun for 3 to 4 hours. The flowers can be left in the honey or removed, ..it is your preference.
HISTORY: In China, the flower is processed and used as the main ingredient in jasmine tea (茉莉花茶). It is also the subject of the folk song Mo Li Hua, which was censored by the People's Republic of China due to its association with the 2011 Chinese protests spurred by the Jasmine revolution of Tunisia. In Cambodia, the flower is used as an offering to the Buddha. During flowering season which begins in June, Cambodians thread the flower buds onto a wooden needle to be presented to the Buddha. In Hawaii, the flower is known as pikake, and are used to make fragrant leis. The name 'pikake' is derived from the Hawaiian word for "Peacock", because the Hawaiian Princess Kaʻiulani was fond of both the flowers and the bird.