West Lake lotus root powder is prepared from the roots of the lotus, a popular water plant in West Lake. Dried and pulverized, it is mixed with sugared osmanthus flowers and boiled in water to make a starchy powder which can ultimately be used as a refreshing tonic drink. Historically, it served as an annual tribute to the emperors over many dynasties.
Traditionally a tonic, it is best suited for people with a weak digestive system. Besides being a great cure for colds and coughs, it also helps produce saliva, allays or even prevents fever, whets the appetite, nourishes the blood, clears up the lungs and treats yin deficiency (perfect for female vitality). Sugared osmanthus flowers are themselves a popular organic seasoning that goes well with pulverized chestnuts, lotus root powder and other natural food additives.
Source: New Greater Hangzhou: A New Guide by George Chen
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.