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.
They are often used to make osmanthus tea (桂花茶) or Chinese desserts such as osmanthus jelly (桂花糕).
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.
Store flowers (sealed, in an air-tight vessel) in a cool, dry place (such as fridge or freezer section).
Check out recipes with osmanthus flowers as a key ingredient.
Where to Purchase it in Singapore
Chinese Medical Halls