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Traditional Jasmine Tea from Fujian Province, China: Ethereal Cups of Sublime Tea Drinking Pleasure

By Mary Lou Heiss PROFILEMary Lou Heiss is the co-owner of Cooks Shop Here in Northampton, Ma a unique tea and specialty foods store established in 1974. She is the author of Green Tea: Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers and Sweet and Savory Dishes, and co-author with Robert J. Heiss of The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide. For me, there is no more splendid aroma than the rich, luxurious fragrance of jasmine blossoms (family: Oleaceae, genus: Jasminum). On a recent trip to a botanical garden I discovered that I had arrived at the perfect time. The various...