Omija hwachae or Omijacha (omija fruit punch or omija tea), meaning "Five Flavor Tea," is a kind of Korean traditional drink made of fruit herbs called omija (Schisandra chinensis). It is usually served during the hot summer days as energy replenishment and for quenching thirst. Koreans made use of the herbs as remedy ingredients as well as traditional drinks. The plants, especially the fruits, have bright red colors, sticky, and also various tastes including sweet, sour, bitter and spicy resulted from its malic acid and tartaric acid. To make omija hwachae, the fruits are dried and soaked in the water and then sieved. The sieved water then is added with sugar or honey. The punch is garnished with azalea petals if served during the spring; and if served with yellow rose petals, during summer. As with many Korean teas, it is very often garnished with three pine nuts, as shown in the picture.
- Yoon, Sook-ja (Summer 2005). "Hwachae; Refreshing Beverage to Beat the Summer Heat" (PDF). Koreana. 19: 80–83.
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