Experiencing lotus tea making in West Lake, Hanoi
|The lotus harvesting season in the West Lake usually starts in May and ends in July.|
Every morning in summer, local villagers bring back home lotus flowers which they pick from the West Lake in Tay Ho District.
A local villager is busy harvesting lotus to meet the growing demand in summer.
|From 4 a.m. local villagers have to get up to pick lotus flowers. The petal peeling also needs to be finished before mid-day to preserve the fragrance of the flowers.|
Locals classify lotuses before making tea.
Some lotus flowers are for sale, costing from VND 10,000 to VND15,000 each flower.
|Artisan Nguyen Thi Dan, her family and workers gather to peel off the petals to get the lotus anther as fast as possible.|
An American tourist joins making lotus tea.
Nguyen Thi Dan is one of a few artisans well-known for traditional lotus tea making in Quang An Village, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
|Ms. Dan and her descendants gather to peel off petals to get the lotus anther for lotus tea making.|
|The with lotus anther is an indispensable ingredient of lotus tea.|
US tourist Seth Griffin shares that he is impressed by meticulous process of making lotus tea.
|About 1,500 lotus flowers are needed to scent some three kilograms of tea.|
|The price of lotus tea is much higher than common tea, about VND 8-10 million per kilogram.|