Blue Flower Earl Grey
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
About Blue Flower Earl Grey
Typically, the flowers are included mainly to add color to the loose leaf. Although they do impart a flavor and aroma of their own, their influence on taste is not usually noticeable because it is overpowered by the potent scent and flavor of the bergamot and black tea, both of which tend to be dominating ingredients in any blend.
Sometimes these blends of teas also contain other flavorings besides bergamot; other times they are more similar to a standard Earl Grey. Because the addition of flowers is primarily visual, these blends are also likely to include citrus peel, also for visual reasons.
Types of flowers usedA wide variety of flowers can be used in this type of blend. Three of the most common flowers used are cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), or blue mallow (Malva). Less commonly used in commercial blends, but more widely available for people making such a blend in their homes, the chicory flower is another edible blue flower that can be used in this blend.
The cornflower, pictured right, is sometimes consumed as an herbal tea in its own right, usually for medicinal purposes. This species is a common weed in some areas, and is also cultivated as a garden specimen, but has become endangered in in the UK, and is protected there as well as in Ireland. Its decline is primarily due to the intensification of commercial agriculture, including increased use of herbicides and fertilizers, destruction of field edges, and use of marginal land for pasture.
1. Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Arkive.org, Retrieved January 15, 2014.
2. Centaurea cyanus, "Cornflower", Seedaholic.com, Retrieved January 15, 2014.
Best Blue Flower Earl Grey
The notion of the "best" Blue Flower Earl Grey is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.