Tasting a Universe: The Five Flavors of Omijacha Tea

Omijacha, also known as “five-taste tea,” is a Korean tea made from the dried fruits of Schisandra chinensis, a berry native to China and Russia. It has that nickname because it has five tastes—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent. It is usually garnished with pine nuts.

Omijacha (five-taste tea)

Omijacha (five-taste tea)

The sensations caused by ingesting such a beverage with both opposing and complementary flavors are almost indescribable. It’s quite like drinking an entire universe in a cup. I could give up coffee for this. Really.

Thanks for the tip, HJP!

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