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Chrysanthemum and wolfberry tea



Recipe for Chrysanthemum and Wolfberry tea (菊花枸杞茶)

Source: Adapted and modified from 小小米桶

Make 4-5 cups

1 liter water
25g dried chrysanthemum specially used for brewing tea (杭菊花)
2-3 tbsp wolfberries – highest grade (宁夏枸杞)
Handful of rock sugar (to taste)


  1. Put dried chrysanthemum into a sieve. Rinse through running water and drain.
  2. Rinse wolfberries and drain.
  3. Put dried chrysanthemum and water together in a cooking pot. Cover with lid and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer for another 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and let the dried chrysanthemum steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Filter with a sieve and re-boil the water.
  5. Add in rock sugar. When the rock sugar is almost dissolved, add in wolfberries.
  6. When the rock sugar is fully dissolved, turn off the heat and let the wolfberries steep for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the tea together with the wolfberries.


  1. You can boil both dried chrysanthemum and wolfberries together at the same time. But if you want to eat the wolfberries later, it will be very troublesome to segregate them.
  2. It is highly recommended to get the best quality for both chrysanthemum and wolfberry to brew this tea.
  3. Another easier method suitable for working group is to put 10g of dried chrysanthemum and wolfberries respectively in a large teapot, add in 500ml boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Ready to be served. (Source: Baidu)
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  1. Little Inbox says:

    This is easy to prepare. When I visit to a vegetarian cafe, they have one menu for hot tea that made of goji berries, tiny chrysanthemum tea and ginseng. If I remember correctly, no sugar is added, but the taste is good. Just that it is a bit expensive.I guess now is the time to make my own for cost saving, hehe. Good idea to add some rock sugar.

  2. Amy says:

    Ooh, my mom is a huge tea drinker. I will pass this on to her!

  3. anncoo says:

    I also love to make this but I just put everything together. Next time must follow your steps~ thanks for sharing.

  4. Ohhhh, this is too beautiful to drink!!!!
    Never thought of adding wolfberry into Chrysanthemum tea…. Will make more to drink since I really need to strengthen my vision after all the eye straining work of my handicrafts.

  5. lingzie says:

    oh i love chrysanthemum tea! i actually like the flowers floating in the tea..very pretty hoh? 😛
    but i have not tried it with wolfberry before… and since my astigmatism has increased somewhat, this recipe is just perfect for me! 🙂

  6. Alice says:

    Hey! I made this couple of times too… it is simply delicious and my family loves it. The floating Chrysanthemum flowers are so beautiful, it makes the drink looks to artistic! 🙂

  7. beachlover says:

    today I learn something new again!! thanks for sharing this wonderful info! I have both of this ingredients at home,better make some tomorrow!

  8. Your photos are just stunning. Really really beautiful. I NEED this tea. I think all food bloggers need this tea!! LOL!

  9. Chin says:

    Elevated healthy tea to an art form. Did you arrange the flowers and berries for shooting!? Yes, wolfberries are good even for just popping into the mouth.

  10. Ching says:

    Wow, I think I need to drink this as well. As I also have been sitting in front of the computer a lot, not just for blogging but also for watching dramas. 😛

  11. kirbie says:

    Your photo is so pretty! And I love the floating Chrysanthemum flowers.

  12. mycookinghut says:

    You have put the best of both! Rock sugar is definitely good to be added to enhance the flavours as you said. 🙂

  13. peanutts says:

    Hi, thanks for the hari raya greetings, had agreat raya. Have seen cans of crysanthamum tea, have always been reluctant to try them hehe

    • food-4tots says:

      Peanutts: Oh that’s great! I hardly try those chrysanthemum tea canned drink sold outside bcos they are too sweet and contain perservative. I suggest that you brew your own and adjust the sweetness according to your taste bud. Do give it a try! 😉

  14. Meg Kat says:

    Looks almost too pretty to drink! Though I recently found out that Goji’s and Wolfberries are not the same thing. Here’s an excerpt from the website

    “Tibetan Goji berries are not Chinese wolfberries and it is not correct to call the Chinese wolfberry ‘Goji’.

    The ancient Tibetan Lycium berry has different energetic qualities than the Chinese wolfberry and is grown in a different country and soil conditions. The nutrient dense energy of the Goji berry has been recognized as having the highest in nutrient content of all the 80 plus varieties of Lycium berries on Earth.”

    The more you know! 🙂

  15. Giovanina says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you for this post! I have bad eyes to begin with and recently began the ol’ desk job – my eyes are craving some TLC! I will give this a try right away:)

  16. ladyhomechef says:

    我听说宁夏的枸杞是最上等的,喝了这杯枸杞菊花茶,香味简直沁入心脾,难以忘却。 加油!在此希望你的眼睛疲劳的状况好转。~

  17. haha I’ve been eating lots of wolfberries for the same reason too. Lovely presentation.

  18. fb says:

    Hi!How do we different high quality chrysanthemum and wolfberries? Sometimes I don’t trust the recommendations from the chinese medical halls eventhough we are regular customers. Lately has been rather cautious with products imported from china.


    • food-4tots says:

      fb: Sorry, I have very limited knowledge in choosing chrysanthemum and wolfberries. Usually, I will opt for the most expensive category from those well-established Chinese medical halls to give me some levels of comfort. Like you, I also have the same concern with products from China. However, as a layman, there is no way for me to detect the problems if any. The best solution is to eat everything in moderation. Agreed? 😉

  19. buzzingbee says:

    My sight is also failing day by day!!
    Will need this kind of natural drink to improve my vision! Thanks 🙂

  20. Dora says:

    Just nice to quench thirst on a hot day!

  21. I really love to drink chrysanthemum tea and wolfberry tea, but never put them both together. Thanks for sharing.

    Everyday I drink some organic Goji juice that really help my eyesight. Excellent!

  22. noobcook says:

    Love your take on chrysanthemum tea with the touch of wolfberries. I usually add american ginseng to mine =)

  23. Selba says:

    I’m not sure where I can find wolfberry in Jakarta…. and I usually drink the sachet chrysanthemum tea which I bet the benefit is not as much as the fresh one.

    • food-4tots says:

      Selba: Maybe you can check out the wolfberries from the Chinese medical hall. Homemade is always the best. Do give it a try if you can these 2 ingredients. 😉

  24. carebear says:

    Yes, i was almost becoming long sighted when i chanced upon this drink. I have been consuming it on a daily basis for the past 6 months. I bring 1L of the tea to work. Since then, i have no problems with near vision, and my eyes are no longer tired nor teary when staring at the computer!

  25. Ling says:


    I used this recipe to make agar-agar 🙂 Added fresh longans in it too. Loved it. Thanks!

  26. Ling says:

    I used the Swallow Globe brand.

    Their recommended ratio of agar-agar powder to water on the packet is 10g (whole packet): 1 L. I find that the agar-agar turns out to be too hard for me. I prefer 10g: 1.1 L.

  27. Pris says:

    Hi there,

    I remb watching a health programme dat chrysanthemum should not be boiled. It will “kill” the benefit of it. It says only to steep in boiling water. Have you heard of dat?

  28. […] Adding dried goji-berries (also known as wolfberries) will even increase the health benefits, as it is packed with antioxidants, helps with a balanced blood sugar level and supports your liver (and hands down, who does not need that?). The tea is cooling and should not be consumed by people who are cold-blooded. Also, Goji should not be consumed when you’re having a flu, fever or diarrhea. […]

  29. […] 1) in the morning, brew some chrysanthemum with a small slice of ginger and rock sugar for 15 minutes.  Function : clear the heatiness and the irritation to the lungs. How to cook: Recipe by Food For Tots […]

  30. candy says:

    Can I replace rock sugar with honey instead? Honey is better right ?

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