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Green Tea, Jasmine (Camellia sinensis) – Dried Herb, Organic
$11.20 – $112.00
Jasmine Green Tea is the most famous scented tea in China. Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian, is the most important city in producing Jasmine Tea in China, which also gained the name “The City of Jasmine in China”. The climate in Fuzhou is mild, rainfall is abundant and the day-night temperature difference is obvious, creating favourable conditions for Jasmine flowers to grow. Jasmines are planted near rivers while tea trees grow on slopes 600-1000m above sea level.
Green Tea is picked from tea plant of Camellia/Thea sinensis. It is a flowering evergreen shrub usually trimmed below 6 feet when cultivated for its leaves. The flowers are yellow-white with 7-8 petals. It belongs to the Theaceae family and leaves or leaf buds are used to produce tea. The tea plants are native to East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia but today it is cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions.
The Jasmine tree/shrub (Jasminum officinale) comes into bloom only during May and June. The blossoms only last for about 12 hours and only come out at night after the sun goes down. About halfway through the night the fragrance is at its peak and it is at this time the blossoms need to be picked and layered into the tea. By the morning most of the fragrance has disappeared from the blossom, but if the tea maker has done his job correctly, this heavenly scent has been transferred to the tea and captured in time. Exquisite, abundant Jasmine character is the result on a seasonal Green Tea.
The Jasmine plant is believed to have been introduced into China from eastern South Asia via India during the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), and was being used to scent tea around the fifth century. However Jasmine Tea did not become widespread until the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 AD) when tea started to be exported in large quantities to the West.
In northern China it is customary to serve Jasmine Tea as a welcoming gesture to the guests. Jasmine Tea has many benefits as any other Green Tea. In ancient China and Japan, Green Tea was consumed for daily maintenance, prevention and for a weakened constitution. It has been also used for improving performance (mental and physical), losing weight, fighting tooth decay, strengthening the immune system, improving blood flow and for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Subtly sweet and floral taste, highly fragrant with cooling energetics. It has affinity towards metabolism, weight loss, blood, veins, arteries, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, immune system, temperature regulation and the stomach.
How to use:
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 1 cup of water. Aim for water temperature around 70-80ºC (160 -180ºF). Jasmine Tea can be steeped from 2-4 minutes depending on the amount of scenting desired in the tea. If you prefer a higher scent then use a shorter steep time, seeping for a longer amount of time will result in a less scented cup of tea.
Cautions & contraindications:
As with any Green Tea, those with caffeine sensitivity as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women should practice caution. In large quantities Green Tea might interfere with iron absorption.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.