The Five-Flavor Berry That Brings You Back to Life


By Shekinah Sabrina Colcol, FoodFindsAsia |

Nothing can be as soothing as drinking a cup of good tea during an afternoon in the garden. Most of us like it hot, but the Omija Extract Tea is best consumed when chilled, and not only will it relax your senses, but it will also rejuvenate your cells.

Freshly brought to our country during the recently concluded International Food Exhibition Philippines at SMX Convention Center last May 21-24, Oseakdam presented us the five-flavor berry tea from Mungyeong, South Korea.

omija extract teaScientifically known as Schisandra Chinensis, this ancient oriental herbal medicine is known for having five different flavors:

Its skin is sour.

Its pulp is surprisingly sweet.

Its seed tastes spicy and bitter.

The overall fruit is salty.

five-flavor berryBaekdudaegan is the home of the omija, and 45% of the national production are found in this environment-friendly mountain range. The five-flavor berry is harvested in its lush fields, then it is eventually stored in the caves of Mungyeong, where it is most suitable for the three-year fermentation process.

mungyeong caveIf you happen to have these extraordinary berries, you may create homemade omija tea. Carefully wash 20g of omija berries with running water, and prepare 20g of white sugar in a glass jar. You may adjust its sweetness according to your taste. Gently put the berries inside the glass jar, and store it in a cool, dry place. Your homemade omija tea should be ready after a week. Serve it with flower petals or honey, but it can also be consumed by itself either warm or chilled, then refrigerate the excess.


Also known as the youth berry, the Omija Extract Tea, which was made available during the #IFEXph 2015, is enriched with natural sweeteners called fructooligosaccharides, making it a healthier option for only PhP520.00 per 500mL bottle. Simply mix it with water, depending on your taste and add ice.

Not only does omija tea stimulate your every taste bud, but it also revives your health by boosting the production of nitric oxide and promotes MLCP (Myosin Light Chain Phosphatase) activity in the body, treating various heart disorders, relaxing inflamed blood vessels and strengthening blood cells. Moreover, it prevents respiratory illnesses, restores the liver and suppresses nerve toxins, thus protecting the brain and nerve cells.

omija extract tea at ifexOseakdam’s Omija Extract Tea will bring you back to life both literally and figuratively by awakening your senses and restoring you to full health. Contact Lee Bo-Seok of the Glocal Trade Experts Incubating Program via email for orders and deliveries.

Photo Credit: Ocham