Osmanthus fragrans (sweet olive) is actually a flowering plant of the Olive family and is often cultivated in Asia for its deliciously fragrant flowers which carry the scent of ripe peaches or apricots. Many health sites had reported that consumption of this flower promotes healthy and beautiful skin, improve appetite, relieve fatigue and detoxification. Some of the many health benefits include promoting beautiful skin, a balanced state of mind, digestion and detoxification. In traditional Chinese medicine, osmanthus tea has been used as an herbal tea for the treatment of irregular menstruation.
Osmanthus Flower Tea can be prepared by steeping a teaspoon of the flower in 250 ml of boiling water for 10 minutes.
2 tsp dried osmanthus fragrans (桂花)
2 tsp dried wolfberries
1 packet HollyFarms Konnyaku Jelly Powder
500 ml water
1. In a pot, bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat. Soaked the wolfberries in hot water for 15 minutes until soft and puffy.
2. Rinse the osmanthus flower, then add to the hot water for about 5 minutes. Remove all the flowers from the pot (I know many who doesn’t like the feel of it in the mouth) and set aside for use later.
3. Add in the jelly powder and let it simmer for another 5 minutes or until the jelly dissolves.
4. Remove the pot from the fire and let it cool for about 10 minutes before transferring the jelly into the molds, about 12 depending on the size of the mold. Place some of the osmanthus flowers that you had set aside in step (2) and 2 wolfberries into each mold. Leave it to cool at the counter top before chilling them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.