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Puerh Tea: The Wonder Tea
Puerh (pronounced POO-urr) Tea is a type of tea made from a “large leaf” variety of the tea plant Camellia sinensis. It is named after Pu’er county near Simao, Yunnan, China.
History of Pu-erh Tea
The history of Pu-erh Tea begins over 1,000 years ago. During the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) China began exporting tea to nations such as Mongolia, Tibet, Burma and the Middle East. To make tea easier to carry, the loose leaves were compressed into various sizes and shapes such as disks/cakes, bricks, or bowls. The traditional methods of crafting Puerh tea continue to this day.
Known in China as the “Wonder tea”, Pu’erh is smooth, rich and organic – and tastes like no other tea on planet earth. Like yogurt, Pu’erh is a “living” tea, meaning it contains microbes, making it a great digestive aid and the very reason for all the health benefits associated with Peurh.
Unlike other teas that should ideally be consumed shortly after production, pu-erh can be drunk immediately or aged for many years. This means you can stock up and not concern yourself that it will go bad! Like fine wine, pu’erh improves as it ages.
Pu-erh May Aid Weight Loss Efforts
Puerh tea begins with a similar flavor to green teas. Over time the leaves transform from green to amber and finally to a dark teak, therefore the name Black tea. Young Puerh teas are bright and refreshing. Their flavor and aroma can be warm and citric to grassy and herbal. As Puerh ages, significant layers of flavors evolve. Fruit notes ripen, and aromas of exotic woods develop over the years.
We all should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day…everyone has heard this over and over. Well, tea is made from water so why not get your weight loss aid and your water in one fell swoop? Six glasses of Peurh Tea a day will satisfy both needs.
In addition to aiding weight loss efforts, drinking pu-erh tea is purported to reduce blood cholesterol. This belief has been backed up by scientific studies. It is also widely believed in Chinese cultures to counteract the unpleasant effects of heavy alcohol consumption.
Puerh Tea: Kill That Cold
Fend off colds with a Puerh Tea Toddy. Pu-erh Tea is thought to boast more disease fighting antioxidants than the better known green tea. It’s earthy and rich, with a slight coffee-like taste.
Many Benefits of Pu-erh Tea
Traditional Chinese Medicine has alluded to many beneficial effects of drinking Pu’erh Tea, including losing weight, cutting grease, preventing arteriosclerosis, prevention of heart disease, reducing high blood pressure, anti-aging, anti-cancer, diabetic control, reducing inflammation, reducing various poisons, anti-radiation, exciting the central nervous system, treating diuresis, improving eyesight, improving digesting, neutralizing poison, anti-bacteria, preventing constipation, and sobering up. Chinese Medicine prescribes Puerh for many reasons including exciting the central nervous system and extracting poison from the body.
Storing Pu’erh Tea
Pu-erh tea and other black teas should be stored in a cool dry environment. Kitchen odors and other air pollutants should be avoided. Care should be taken to prevent tea from being subjected to light.
Puerh Tea Toddy
Pour steaming hot water over a puerh tea bag and 2 strips lemon zest. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and 2 teaspoons honey (plus a splash of whiskey, if you want an added kick). Drink while hot.
Tea Tip: Water is very important in brewing a good cup of tea. Water should be boiled to boiling point in high heat. Never, never use simmer water. Avoid over boiling water. Make sure enough oxygen is left in water. Use ceramic kettle or glass kettle to boil water. Do not use metal kettle (unless those used in Japanese tea ceremony).
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