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Type Herbal tea
Country of origin Korea
Ingredients Magnolia berries
Korean name
Hangul 오미자차
Hanja 五味子茶
Revised Romanization omija-cha
McCune–Reischauer omija-ch'a
IPA [o.mi.dʑa.tɕʰa]

Omija-cha (오미자차; 五味子茶) or magnolia berry tea is a traditional Korean tea made from dried magnolia berriesomija in Korean.[1] Omija means "five flavors", which are sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and pungency.[2] The tea can be made by boiling dried magnolia berries in water on low heat, then adding honey.[3] Alternatively, ground magnolia berry seeds can be added to cold water to make the tea.[4]

Omija-cha, served either hot or cold, is also used to make omija-hwachae (magnolia berry punch).[5]

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  1. ^ Won, Ho-jung (22 April 2016). "[Weekender] Healthful Korean tea to fit every need". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Agbor, Nnehkai (16 March 2017). "8 Healthy Korean Teas To Enjoy Throughout The Year". 10 Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Omija-cha" 오미자차. Doopedia (in Korean). Doosan Corporation. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Best Way to Get Most Health Benefits from Omija". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Kim, Dakota (4 August 2015). "5 Cooling Korean Punches to Soothe Your Heat Stroke". Paste. Retrieved 28 June 2017.