Sakura-cha with real Cherry blossom
Sakura tea is a popular drink for celebrations such as weddings or other special occasions in Japan. Sometimes you can also find sakura tea serve for you at the “ryokan” – Japanese style inn/hotel. It is made with sakura cherry blossoms pickled in salt – a very traditional Japanese ingredient. As fresh cherry blossoms can be harvested only once a year, Japanese started pickling them in salt and ume plum vinegar in order to be able to enjoy the Sakura flavor throughout the whole year.