Not Just Fragrant
It’s that time of year again, when our Jasmine blooms profusely. They perfume the garden in the evening and early morning. I line them up on the pool deck where they can get full sun and are easy for me to collect the flowers. The Jasmine “Maid of Orleans” (Jasminum sambac) are the ones that bloom before any other jasmines I grow. They bloom throughout the year but only sporadically when we keep them inside. I don’t blame them since they only get to enjoy outside sunshine and heat for a few months out of the year. But they are nice enough to produce flowers even when they are cooped up in our basement under artificial sunlight.
It’s a Zen moment when picking jasmine flowers. The fragrance calms your nerves; take a full breath of jasmine and let it out slowly while picking them. Enlightenment is within reach. On working days, I’m ready to face a crowded commute to the city again thanks in part to Jasmine and its wonderful effects on me.
Anyway, jasmine is not just good for it’s fragrance. You can use the flowers as an air freshener, offered as a garland, used in cooking or infused in drinking water and tea. I float fresh jasmine flowers in water to give the water a wonderful scent that is very soothing and cooling in summer. I mix the dry ones in tea to make jasmine tea from the mix.
Just keep in mind that you should use only the Maid of Orleans (Jasminum sambac) which may be sold in other names, like Arabian Tea Jasmine, for instance. This is the only one I know of that can be used in food. You should also make sure that the flowers weren’t sprayed with pesticide. You don’t want that in your tea. Growing jasmine is easy and you’re better off growing your own if you want to consume it too.
4 thoughts on “Maid of Orleans Jasmine”
Such a nice post! Your jasmine looks gorgeous, especially the way you present it in the glass dish and love your Petals and Wings glass.
Thank you. Not just the look, they smell gorgeous too. I float them in cold drinking water in summer. Drinking the jasmine infused water takes a few notches off the summer heat. We have our friend Kim to thank for the glasses, we love them too.
The jasmine sambac ‘Maid of Orleans’ photograph with the subject (yourself, in the foreground) holding said fresh blossoms over a visage of crystal blue water is one of the most beautiful depictions displayed on google.