Korean tea culture is a significant part of Korean society. Its history different from the tea culture of other countries because all classes took part in tea ceremonies. However, coffee has quickly overtaken the consumption of tea, but tea is still an integral part of Korean culture.
These eight teas will leave your mouth watering and motivate you to take care of your health.
Yuja-cha: King Sejong the Great’s favorite
This popular tea is commonly drunk during the winter season. It is made from Yuja, a citrus fruit resembling a small grapefruit and a cousin to the mandarin.
Yuja tea is made from yuja-cheong, yuja preserved marmalade, and hot water.
Yuja relieves coughing, hangovers, and indigestion. King Sejong was a huge advocate for this special Korean tea.
Omija-cha: Five for One
This tea will send your taste buds into a frenzy. It tastes bitter, sweet, sour, salty and pungent. Dried magnolia berries are the main ingredient for this tea.
Omija-cha relieves fatigue and thirst, making it a summer essential.
Byeonggyul-cha: Jeju’s Finest
Jeju Island is full of wonders. Unique museums, Hallim Park, and breath-taking waterfall are a few attractions to the island. However, byeonggyul is one of Jeju Island’s original citrus fruits.
Byeonggyul is a cousin to sweet oranges and key limes, so your taste-buds are bound to experience ecstasy. The fruit is used to make tteok and garnishes for dishes while dried peel is used to make tea.
Byeonggyul-cha relieves light digestion problems and restores appetite.
Yulmu-cha: Job’s tears
Yulmu-cha is not literally made from Job’s tears, but it’s made from the plant that is named after the Biblical character. This thick, soupy tea is full of high protein and a fat. It is the ultimate healthy pick-me-up.
Yulmu-cha is made from roasted, powdered Job’s tears and nuts. People do not have to go through the hassle of making the tea because it is a vending machine favorite.
Memil-cha: Bang for your Buck
This Korean tea is made from buckwheat. Buckwheat is used for popular Korean dishes like naengmyeon, spicy buckwheat noodles. Memil-cha takes buckwheat to a new level.
It is also caffeine-free and improves circulation, prevents varicose veins, and boosts metabolism.
Memil-cha consists of toasted grain giving it a nutty flavor. This light, fragrant tea is perfect for Spring.
Iseul-cha: A Sweet Gift
This traditional Korean tea is made from mountain hydrangeas leaves harvested in mid-August. Iseul-cha is a delight that some may call a party in your mouth. At first taste, you may think its just an average cup of tea, but once it travels down your throat a sweet gift is given. There is a lingering taste of intense sweetness that will have your eyes popping.
Hydrangea teas are known to fight urinary tract infections and hay fever.
Iseul-cha will definitely brighten up your day.
Danggwi-cha: An Old Wive’s Tale
Every culture has its own beliefs and superstitions when it comes to pregnancies and women’s health. Danggwi-cha is a tea that is given to women postpartum and to help with hormone imbalance.
For those who suffer from cold fingers and toes, drinking this tea is believed to cure it.
Danggwi-cha is made from boiled Korean angelica root.
Saenggang-cha: Winter Remedy
While winter is ending in some parts of the world, it is gearing up in others. Regardless it’s a season most everyone has to deal with. Saenggang-cha is the remedy for winter blues.
Saenggang-cha is made from ginger root that is stored with honey. This Korean tea treats diarrhea, stomachaches and low body temperature.
Grab a cup of saenggang-cha to relieve winter sickness.
These eight Korean teas will are something to experience. Whether you go to a cafe or brew them at home, their tastes will leave you in awe.
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