Blooming teas--also known as flowering teas and display teas--are becoming increasingly popular. They are typically handcrafted natural tea blossoms that have been tied together, hiding the flower. Then during the brewing process, you will not only witness the birth of a beautiful flower, but also enjoy a cup of hot tea.
Heat enough water to fill a clear teapot or a large clear mug. You can do this in the microwave or on the stove.
Test the water with a cooking thermometer to be sure the water is just about 190 degrees F. Continue to heat or let it cool down, if necessary.
Set the tea blossom in a clear teapot or in a large mug. Teapots are best so you can then pour the tea into separate mugs to drink.
Pour the hot water over the tea blossom.
Wait until the tea blossom flowers, which usually takes about 3 to 7 minutes. Pour the tea into mugs for drinking, if desired. Do not drink the flower or parts of the flower that may float away. You may need to use a strainer to have edible tea.
Repeat. You can enjoy your tea blossom many times the same day by adding more hot water once the flower collapses. You can drink the tea again as well, although it may not be as strong as the first time.