This natural sweet artichoke herbal tea is a perfect drink for not just summer, but any weather. Not to mention if you're not a big fan of adding sugar to your drink, then this drink is definitely made for you. It's semi sweet naturally. The sweetness comes from those Asian herbal ingredients, chances are you've never heard about them. But don't worry, I'm here to help.
My face has been attacked by zits. Lot of zits. They are the consequences of eating too much [granulated] sugar. The current weather also helps to multiply these little minions super fast. So I have to seek help from one of my most favorite drinks that is the ultimate artichoke herbal tea.
This tea is made from herbal plants which help to cool down body temperature in hot weather. More than that, it is naturally sweetened from these oriental herbs so I don't need to add any sugar (which I really try to avoid). So awesome, isn't it?
The tricky part of making this tea is you might find it a little bit difficult to buy these oriental ingredients. Even I had a hard time to find all of them and I'm living in the city that is crowded with Asian stores. But don't worry with the help of Amazon nowadays, everything is possible right? (Disclaimer: this post is edited in July, 2020 when Amazon is carrying more Asian
So here is a list of ingredients that included in this amazing natural sweet artichoke herbal tea:
- Artichoke, cilantro, corn silk - you can easily find these in any grocery store
- Sugarcane - If you are lucky, you can find fresh sugarcane from Asian market. However canned sugarcane works perfectly too (I used the can version and it worked out perfectly). I also found fresh sugarcane sold on Amazon. Not really sure how the end product looks like, if you've ever bought this fresh version from Amazon, please let me know how it goes.
- Pandan leave, lo han guo and chrysanthemum - super easy to find in any Asian store. Pandan leave is sold fresh, lo han guo is only packaged as dry product; while chrysanthemum can be either fresh or dry.
- Rhizoma imperatae (rễ tranh) - it is tricky to find if you're not familiar with its form. However, Amazon does carry this product so you can save plenty of time.
If you can't find lo han guo, you can buy it in extract form instead. And by that I mean these little cubes.
Where does sugar come from eventually?
The sugar comes from these ingredients: lo han guo, sugar cane, and rihzoma imperatae. Most of the sweetness will be released from lo han guo and rihzoma imperatae. Please keep in mind that if you omit one of these ingredients, the level of sweetness will come down too. So adjust accordingly.
Why corn silk?
You're surprised by seeing corn silk in this natural sweet artichoke herbal tea right? It was not a mistake. The next time when you buy corn, save those corn silk for your health benefit. Corn silk are the long shiny fibers at the top of an ear corn. Corn silk are usually used as medicine in oriental culture to treat congestive heart failure, diabetes, and high blood pressure. So many benefits in one simple drink, right? Then what you are waiting for, lets put down those sodas, flavor drinks, boba teas and go make this artichoke herbal tea.
Related recipe: Super tasty Korean Rice Juice (Sikhye).
Natural Sweet Artichoke Herbal Tea (Nước Sâm)
- 4 qt cold water
- 1 bulb artichoke quartered
- 3 oz pandan leaves
- 2 dried or fresh lo han guo chopped OR
- 2 oz extract lo han quo
- 2 oz Rhizoma Imperatae
- 7 oz sugar cane chopped
- 1 oz corn silk
- 1 oz cilantro flower or fresh cilantro stems
- 2 oz chrysanthemum dried or fresh
- dried longan optional
- rock sugar optional
- In a medium pot, bring 4 qt of water to boil. Put artichoke, pandan leaves, lo han guo, rhizoma emperatate, sugar cane, corn silk and cilantro in a pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
- If you use extract form of lo han guo or rhizoma emperatate, DO NOT put them in boiling pot. Will add these at the end of the cooking process.If you use dried chrysanthemum, bloom them in 2 cup of hot water before using.
- After 45 minutes, add dried or fresh chrysanthemum and simmer for another 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. At this point if you use extract form of lo han guo or rhizoma emperatate, add them in the pot. The mixture now should have a bright brown color.
- Let the pot cool down for few minutes. Carefully strain liquid through fine sieve, discard all the ingredients. Taste the drink, if you want it more sweet, add rock sugar and stir until it’s dissolved completely.
- Serve this herbal tea with ice. Add dried longan as garnish if desired (soak dried longan in cool water for few minutes to soften them before using). Enjoy!