Been thinking about my grandpa a lot recently so I made myself a warm dessert that is among my grandpa’s many signatures. The soup is made from lotus root powder, steamed taro, and the scent of golden Osmanthus fragrans.
Most Osmanthus species are native to eastern Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Indochina and the Himalayas). Although each species has its own distinct floral fruity smell, most has similar sweet yet bitter smell character like Neroli.
I have this Osmanthus Fragrans (aka sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive) right by the front door here. It’s my first time having one in my general proximity daily, so I was very surprised to find it in bloom in bunches of highly fragrant white flowers, which have had honeybees intoxicated this past week. In November. It was quite a pleasant surprise! The scent is very strong and very peachy and jasmine like. It is a native Asian small tree/large shrub evergreen whose delicate flowers are often used to scent black and green tea. A 2011 article from the Journal of Biomedical Science states that an extract of the dried flower indicated neuroprotective, free-radical scavenging antioxidant effects. In Chinese folklore, it is said to grow on the moon. In other lore, if you were “breaking the osmanthus twig”, then you were getting it on 😉
It really does smell heavenly.
Osmanthus Fragrans, also known as "Tea Olive", is a favorite evergreen shrub with handsome glossy foliage and fragrant flowers that bloom spring & fall. Their tiny white flowers pack a serious punch with their incredible scent. Once you experience the sweet fragrance of a tea olive, you will never forget it.
Growing to an average height of 15 feet tall, their dense growth habit and dark evergreen foliage make them excellent choices for hedges, screens and individual specimen plants.
Tea Olives appreciate well-draining, nutritious soil & full - partial sun with a break from harsh afternoon sunlight. Extra bonus, tea olives are deer resistant!
It's the #sweetolive#osmanthusfragrans time! Saw a post with red sweet olive. Can't believe the color (PS?) Asked a friend to take pictures. I sent these to another friend to ID cultivar name and was only told there are REDDER ones!!!! My white is loaded with flowers. Just wish it's red.