Tea Forte herbal tea

Welcome to Chowhound Recommends, Chowhound’s weekly series where our staff shares our favorite food and kitchen items around a central theme. This week we’re getting into the spring of things with floral food and drink to celebrate the vernal equinox. It’s still a little early for baby vegetables and tender spring produce in most parts of the country (we’ve got winter greens to tide us over until then)—but buds are starting to emerge, and some flowers are already blooming. So we got inspired to share our favorite floral teas and a blossoming honey; fragrant, warm drinks for lingering chilly weather, and the flavors of a new, sweeter season.

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Guillermo Riveros, Senior Video Producer

Product: TeaBloom Tea Flowers

TeaBloom green tea flowers

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Nothing screams SPRING more than flowering teas! This collection of 12 unique flowers by Tea Bloom is amazing. They’re gorgeous and smell delicious. All the blossoms are created with green tea leaves, so you get all the benefits, while looking at something beautiful.

You can even re-steep them once or twice, so keep your flowers, and drink tea till summer gets here!

Teabloom Jasmine Flowering Tea, 12 tea flowers for $14.95 on Amazon

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Nathan Carpenter, Video Producer

Product: Tazo Decaf Lotus Blossom Green Tea

Tazo green tea lotus flower decaf tea

Tazo/Amazon

Tea is objectively great, and Tazo never disappoints. For spring, I’ve been drinking the Decaf Lotus Blossom Green. It’s got fresh floral notes of lotus flower essence, and the fact that it’s decaf means you can drink it any time of day or night and chill out.

Tazo Decaf Lotus Blossom Green Tea, 20 tea bags for $7.50 on Amazon

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Jen Wheeler, Associate Editor

Product: Tea Forté Jardin and Lotus Collections

Tea Forte Lotus tea gift set

Tea Forté

I’m a habitual coffee drinker, but still appreciate a good cup of tea, and these Tea Forté selections are fantastic in every way—the packaging is gorgeous, the fragrant flavors (like Orange Jasmine, Lemon Lavender, and Vanilla Pear, a particular favorite) are delightful, and each pyramid-shaped infuser is topped off with a little green leaf, which is super adorable. Their Jardin collection, inspired by the New York Botanical Garden, will be available for purchase starting April 15—just in time for Mother’s Day—and I’m already obsessed with it (that artwork! chocolate-rose tea!), but in the meanwhile, the Lotus collection is equally lovely and high-tea-worthy. Plus, you can buy it in several formats, from single flavor loose leaf canisters to ultra-fancy gift boxes and even lotus-patterned accessories.

Tea Forte Lotus Petite Presentation Box, 10 infusers for $17.02 on Amazon

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Lauren Zaser, Social Media Manager

Product: TruBee Honey

TruBee wildflower honey raw honey

TruBee

When I think of flowers I always think of bees and their honey. These honeys from TruBee in Tennessee are so flavorful! They have two different floral flavors, Tennessee Spring and Wildflower Summer. Depending on the time of year the bees pollinate different flowers, so the honey tastes different. They make their honey using “free-range” bees, meaning they can fly wherever they want and get their nectar from wildflowers and native plants.

TruBee Raw Honey, $6-10 at TruBee

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Jen is an associate content producer at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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