Osmanthus fragrans, variously known as sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, and fragrant olive, is a species native to Asia from the Himalayas through southern China. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 3?12 m tall. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens in Asia, Europe, North America, and elsewhere in the world for its deliciously fragrant flowers which carry the scent of ripe peaches or apricots.
In Chinese cuisine, its flowers may be infused with green or black tea leaves to create a scented tea (???, guhu?ch ). The flowers are also used to produce osmanthus-scented jam (t ???, s ???, guhu?ji…ng), sweet cakes (???, guhu?g?o), dumplings, soups, and even liquor.