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Osmanthus Flower

   

Osmanthus (gui hua)

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These tiny golden-yellow (when in full bloom) dried osmanthus flowers (桂花) are not just pretty to look at, they are also well known for the superb sweet and pleasant fragrance they impart. There is a Chinese phrase “桂花香” (meaning the fragrance/aroma of osmanthus flowers) which is commonly used in Chinese literature and popular culture to describe sweet aroma or sweet things, both literally and abstractly. The aroma of the flowers is unbelievably distinctive and yet, gentle at the same time. These flowers are usually available for purchase in its dried form.

Common Uses
They are often used to make osmanthus tea (桂花茶) or Chinese desserts such as osmanthus jelly (桂花糕).

Names
Chinese (both simplified and traditional): 桂花
Mandarin Pinyin: guìhuā

Health Benefits & Properties
Some of the many health benefits include promoting beautiful skin, a balanced state of mind, digestion and detoxification. It is also known to relieve fatigue and improve appetite. You should consult a doctor for the suitability of consuming this ingredient if you are pregnant or have a special medical history.

Storage
Store flowers (sealed, in an air-tight vessel) in a cool, dry place (such as fridge or freezer section).

Recipes
Check out recipes with osmanthus flowers as a key ingredient.

Where to Purchase it in Singapore
Chinese Medical Halls

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6 Responses to “Osmanthus Flower”

  1. Candice — September 12, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Hi,
    May I know which Fu Hua you bought it? I tried a few outlets in vain… thank! :)

    Reply

    • wiffy replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

      Hi Candice, I didn’t buy from Fu Hua but I saw them selling it. The outlet is at Tampines Mall (basement 1). Maybe you can give them a call to check if they have it before heading down :)

      Reply

  2. henderson — September 19, 2010 @ 4:10 am

    where can i purchase osmanthus flower or tea

    Reply

  3. Jane — May 31, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Hi,

    I saw this on sale at Fu Hua at Clementi Central. 6.50 for a large bottle.

    Hope it’s useful info.

    Jane

    Reply

  4. Yuni — March 3, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    Hi.. I tried your recipe and it’s good. I love the taste of osmanthus so much and thanks a lot for the recipe.. My hubby loves it too.. ;D

    Reply

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