The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, is one of the foremost symbols of Japan. Symbolizing the intense ephemeral nature of life, they bloom en masse once a year for a short week or two painting Japan pink and white before being blown away by the spring breeze in a beautiful shower of petals.
Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations’ Sakura Tea is made with salt-pickled cherry blossoms (the kanzan variety) by their partner in Odawara, Kanagawa. The taste that results from the salt-pickling of the blossoms is a flavor standard in Japan for drinking as tea. However, the salted cherry blossoms are quite flexible as well, and taste great with Japanese sake, mixed with rice (to make sakura rice), cookies, and cakes! We also highly recommend adding them to sencha or genmaicha tea for that uniquely Japanese spring flavor.
The flavor of these sakura “cherry” blossoms (being the blossoms and not the fruit) is quite different from the cherry fruit flavor so common in Western sweets (as well as many “Japanese cherry green teas” where the “cherry” is actually cherry fruit flavoring). In Japan though, you’ll find sakura-flavored Kit Kats, sakura-flavored lattes at Starbucks, as well as traditional Japanese sweets. If you’ve never had sakura-flavored tea before, be prepared for a delicious and truly Japanese experience!!
- Sakura Tea
- Salt, plum vinegar, cherry blossoms
- HARVEST PERIOD
- Spring (late April)
- PRODUCTION NOTES
- The sakura blossoms offered from Obubu Tea are grown, harvested and pickled in the region outside of Odawara city, just an hour by the shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo and within sight of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan.
- PACKAGED BY
- Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations
- Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations (Akihiro Kita, President)
- Wazuka-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto
- SIZE / # of FIELDS
- 4.1 acres on 14 fields
- 0 – 500 meters
- Established in 2004 as an agricultural social venture seeking to contribute to society through tea.
- MORE INFO
- More info available here