As February approaches, cherry blossoms begin their legendary to bloom. Although there is an impressive number of cherry blossom trees in Washington DC (estimates show over three thousand), and the respectful and exclusive collection in the St Louis Botanical Garden (with over one hundred unique tree varietals), most know about the cherry blossoms that blanket Japan throughout the spring. Known as sakura blossoms, these cherry blossom trees bring so much color and joy to those who get the opportunity to experience them. As the season progresses, these blossoms are carefully collected and made into tea, and the best comes from Kyoto. They are either brewed and enjoyed as a tea or made into milk, thus creating the Cherry Blossom Latte. A few alternative recipes add white chocolate to express different flavors. Typically the sakura blossoms taste like cherries or strawberries and should be very subtle. If it is too strong, they may have used too much sugar.
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