Red Cherries with White Tea
Large, firm and dark red Bing Cherries are just coming out of the great northwest. We stem and pit them before soaking the cherries in white tea with organic cane sugar and lemon juice. The tea lends the jam a bit of tannin that I love without hiding any of the fruit's sweet tart flavors. It's going to be a joyous summer...
White tea is the least processed of all the great teas. It comes from the delicate buds and younger leaves of the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant. These buds and leaves are allowed to wither in natural sunlight before they are lightly processed to prevent oxidation or further fermentation. This preserves the delicate and slightly sweet characteristic flavor of the white tea.
The name "white tea" derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance.