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Osmanthus fragrans, the emblematic flower of Hangzhou, China, is an elegant evergreen shrub that belongs to the Oleaceae family. Also known as
Tea Olive, it is native to Asia [Eastern Himalayas, China and Japan] and it is used to perfume tea and beverages. The beautiful, tiny gold or silver flower is only a few millimeters in size. Its fragile odor fades quickly. Both the gold and silver flowers are of interest in perfumery; golden Osmanthus flower are typically selected for flavor applications.
Chinese farmers usually harvest Osmanthus flower in September and October. Because of their very small size, the flowers are preserved in brine during the blooming and crop period. During the winter they are processed into concrete. Paras sources Osmanthus concrete mainly composed of golden flowers from the South of China.The Osmanthus concrete is obtained by Primary Solvent Extraction of the flowers. This concrete is purified through alcoholc washing and transformed into an absolute according to traditional process.
This absolute has delicate and unique fruity-floral facets that are reminiscent of dried apricot and white flowers with hints leathery undertone. A subtle floral for all seasons, osmanthus is remarkably original and feminine.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Osmanthus is known for its antioxidant, antirheumatic and anti bacterial properties. Called
flower herb tea for its flavouring value, Osmanthus is used as a tisane.