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potRecipe ideas for Jiaogulan/Gynostemma Pentaphyllum tea leaves

We've collected some of our favorite Jiaogulan recipe ideas below. Please feel free to share your own!

Uses for Jiaogulan Leaf

After you’ve enjoy a pot of Jiaogulan tea, why use the already infused leaves.

Throw your infused Jiaogulan leaves into salads, pasta or stir fry. The leaves will add roughage and you’ll get a slightly sweet/bitter taste added to your entrée. Use dried Jiaogulan leaves in baking – cookies, cakes, muffins and even ice cream.

In Japan, Jiaogulan was discovered as an effective and healthy natural sweetener more than 20 years ago. Today you can find Jiaogulan in Japanese ice cream and bottled drinks.


potUse Jiaogulan powder in baked goods

A simple method for powdering your jiaogulan leaf tea is to put the leaves in a coffee grinder or blender. Blend the leaves into a fine powder. Include a couple of tablespoons in cakes, cookies, pancakes, crepes, muffins, nut bars, granola, hot cereal, smoothies, shakes, juices etc.


potDirections for making a Jiaogulan Tincture with Vodka

1 Glass Jar (dark glass preferred)
1 Part Jiaogulan Leaves
5 Parts 100 Proof Alcohol
(Russia Standard Vodka is our preference)

Place the Jiaogulan leaves in a glass jar with a tight lid and cover with vodka. Shake well and store in a dark, cool place. Top off the jar everyday until the leaves are fully expanded and covered with vodka. Shake the bottle once or twice a day for 30 days. Formation of small bubbles is indicative of saponins/gypenosides; the active ingredient within the herb. Strain and squeeze the leaves to remove all vodka. Throw away the leaves (Chinese people are known to keep the leaves in the tincture for years) and store in a cool, dark place. The tincture will keep for many years.

Jiaogulan Tincture Serving Suggestions

We know that alcohol extracts the gypenosides (active ingredient) from Jiaogulan and helps to get them into the body as quickly as possible. Start by taking a few drops of tincture under your tongue and work your way up to the following serving suggestions:

Take 1 to 3 teaspoons daily

Some people find that Jiaogulan Tincture gives them a scratchy throat or makes them cough. If you have similar experience: chase your Jiaogulan tincture with water or swish it around in your mouth will a little saliva before you swallow.

How to make a Tincture with Vinegar

The recipe for making a tincture with organic apple cider vinegar is the same as with 100 proof alcohol. The shelf life, however, of this tincture is only one year where as alcohol tincture can last 100 years or more. You also get the added health benefits associated with drinking apple cider.


potJiaogulan Jelly - Here is a recipe for "Preserving Youth Jelly".

5 teaspoons jiaogulan
2 teaspoons agar-agar powder
85g/3 oz. granulated sugar
A few drops of rose or jasmine essence
Creme fraiche, to serve (optional)

  1. Add jiaogulan to 500ml/1 pint of hot water to make a strong infusion. Let steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Pour the strained tea into a saucepan and sprinkle the agar-agar powder over the surface. Bring slowly to the boil and stir until the agar-agar has dissolved. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flower essence, and then pour the mixture into the individual jelly moulds or bowls. Set aside to cool, and then leave to set for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Serve with creme fraiche, if you like.
Serves 4.


Do you have your own ideas for how to use Jiaogulan. If you would like to share them, please contact us.

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