That Western obsession with aged foods (or fermented!) had not yet reached the scope of tea.
However, if you travel to China you can see that the aged tea is as much appreciated as the 20-year-old whiskey or the most prized champagne.
The authentic Pu-erh Tea can only be made with a concrete variety of large leaf which is located in the Yunnan region, China and the borderlands of Burma and Laos.
In Europe, the Pu-erh is popularly known as red tea, but in reality, the world of Pu-erh is much broader and interesting.
In the west, it is known as red tea (such as its color).
Although China is the world’s largest producer, it is not a popular tea because for hundreds of years it was consumed only by the nobility.
WHAT IS PU-ERH RED TEA?
The Red Tea Pu-erh is prepared with the ripe leaves of older tea trees, which are wider than usual and have different chemistry.
The fresh leaves are placed by hand in giant woks and then dried in the sun, but not so much as to kill the microbes containing the leaf.
The bacteria transform the tea leaf into a much softer, darker, richer and more or less sweet product according to the years of aging.
Pu- Erh Tea Health Benefits.
Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends Pu-erh tea for its beneficial effects:
Prevention of heart disease.
Reduction of high blood pressure.
Central nervous system exciter.
and even helping to return one to sobriety.
Today universities and other modern medical centers are conducting research to corroborate these statements.
Pu-erh Red tea is usually sold in stores specializing in compact cakes where the strands of tea are distended.
Of course, the aged are more expensive than new ones.
But to enjoy a red tea Pu-erh does not need to buy a very aged.
Try one of the cheapest to start with and you will see that the difference with other varieties is very noticeable.
Contraindication 0f Pu-Erh Tea.
Red tea, like the rest of teas, contains caffeine, protein, and theobromine, all of them exciting substances.
Anyway, a cup of red Pu-erh contributes less caffeine than a cup of coffee, approximately 70% less.
The only contraindication to red tea is due to its caffeine concentration. It is considered that you can drink without problems up to 5 cups of red tea Pu-erh per day.
- Recommended temperature: 205°
- Cover and steep to taste.
- Remove tea bag and enjoy!
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