Ginseng tea

Ginseng tea
Type Herbal tea

Other names
  • Insam-cha
  • misam-cha
  • hongsam-cha
Origin Korea

Quick description Tea made from ginseng

Temperature 65–70 °C (149–158 °F)
Time around an hour
Korean name
Hangul 인삼차
Hanja 人蔘茶
Revised Romanization insam-cha
McCune–Reischauer insam-ch'a
IPA [in.sam.tɕʰa]
Ginseng root hair tea
Hangul 미삼차
Hanja 尾蔘茶
Revised Romanization misam-cha
McCune–Reischauer misam-ch'a
IPA [mi.sam.tɕʰa]
Red ginseng tea
Hangul 홍삼차
Hanja 紅蔘茶
Revised Romanization hongsam-cha
McCune–Reischauer hongsam-ch'a
IPA [hoŋ.sam.tɕʰa]

Ginseng tea or insam-cha (인삼차; 人蔘茶) is a traditional Korean tea made with ginseng.[1] While it is called a tea, ginseng tea does not contain tea leaves. It is an herbal tea infusion made out of the ginseng plant's root.[2]


Ginseng tea is traditionally prepared with Korean ginseng along with jujubes and dried Korean chestnuts. These are decocted for several hours over a low heat, sweetened with honey, and served with Korean pine nuts floating on top.[3] Either fresh ginseng (수삼; 水蔘; susam) or red ginseng (홍삼; 紅茶; hongsam) can be used.[3]

Ginseng tea also comes in powdered form in single-serve foil packets.[4]

See also


  1. De Mente, Boyé Lafayette (2012). The Korean mind : understanding contemporary Korean culture. Tokyo: Tuttle Pub. p. 420. ISBN 978-0-8048-4271-6. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. "Ginseng Tea History and Uses « Herbs List". Herbs List. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  3. 1 2 "Insam-cha" 인삼차 [ginseng tea]. Doopedia (in Korean). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. Kim, Dakota (22 October 2015). "10 Strange and Wonderful Korean Teas". Paste. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
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