White Chrysanthemum (白菊花, Bái Jú Huā, "White Chrysanthemum") - Chrysanthemum is a perennial shrub disseminated throughout the world as a decorative and edible plant, and the subtle, rich tisane produced with its flowers is widely appreciated. Over a thousand years ago during the time of the Song Dynasty, it was noted in Chinese traditional texts. Studies have confirmed that it contains compounds with anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties, and it is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as iron, magnesium, and zinc. It is one of the few herbs sometimes added to Chinese tea, where its soothing, cooling effect on the Qi adds to the experience.
These are relatively large buds, well dried to maintain their shape and color, without any chemical taste or alteration in flavor. They brew a light golden infusion and go very well with goji (or wolf) berries. If you’ve never had it, it’s a similar flavor to chamomile but more sweet and gentle. Chamomile can sometimes be a bit bitter or taste more grassy, but chrysanthemum tastes mildly floral and sweet.