Qingming Spring Harvest (Picture/Mori Ma Tea)
China’s love of tea
blossoms in April. Qingming (April 5) on the lunar calendar marks the official
first day of the tea harvest throughout a rustic that grows tea in commercially in
Qingming is tomb sweeping
day, a three-day household vacation celebrating spring and paying tribute to
ancestors of each the distant and up to date previous. Hundreds of thousands journey residence for the
vacation these in tea rising areas usually go to tea gardens on their arrival.
Tea is China’s hottest drink, incomes $32.7 billion (220 billion yuan) in
the home market the place 1.eight million tons of tea are consumed.
Climate situations are
good throughout China with stories of a bountiful pre-qingming harvest and sunny
days all through a lot of the tea rising areas.
The worth of West Lake
Longjing grown close to Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province is an indicator of prosperity
and client demand. The well-known Dragonwell marks a tea rising area so properly
established that crops are plucked solely every year. Tea from the height of
Mount Shifeng processed within the distinctive flat leaf of Longjing, usually
sells for 10-times the typical value per kilogram. Longjing is China’s most
In his article How
to Keep away from Getting Ripped Off When Shopping for Chinese language Tea, reporter Dylan
Conroy identifies three fundamental standards, a very powerful of which is location
“as a result of there’s an understanding that even when the tea isn’t produced as
skillfully, the situations guarantee it’s going to doubtless nonetheless have good qualities.”
Different issues embrace effort; some teas are fairly laborious to course of,
Longjing ticks all of the
packing containers and is at present promoting on-line in a broad vary. Examples embrace $55
for 100 grams from Xihu; $88 for 250 grams to $350 for 500 grams. Respected
sellers are a should as counterfeit Longjing is widespread because the tea will be grown
in lots of places however with much less spectacular style.
Spring teas are wealthy in
vitamins. The flesh of the leaf is thick, the aroma and vitamin content material are
excessive, the style is contemporary, and the form of the leaves is tight and agency.
temperatures, enough rainfall and the truth that the tree has been resting
for a lot of the 12 months “makes spring buds plumb, shiny inexperienced in shade, supple
and filled with amino acids,” says Daniel Cai, advertising supervisor for Xiamen Morima
Tea firm in Fujian Province.
Cai is alleged he’s
at present protecting a detailed eye on situations close to Wuyi Mountain. “The spring
season in Wuyi Mountain is all the time later than different locations, usually beginning
close to Qingming,” he says. “That is due to the distinctive microclimate and excessive
altitude which suggests the tea matures comparatively late,” he says. The harvest of
Jin Junmei, a black tea referred to as golden eyebrow, is made fully with tea buds.
“Often from 1,750 to 1,900 grams of buds are required to make 500 grams of
dry tea. An aunt who has been gathering for many years says the variety of buds
that may be picked in a day is about 300-500 grams “which is why Jin Junmei is
Morima’s spring 2019 Jin
Junmei sells for $30 for 100 grams. A Jingxian Jin Junmei sells for round $35
per 100 grams. Rock oolongs are essentially the most complicated tea made in China. These
oolongs require as many as 32 steps and at present promoting for round $82 for
100 grams of Qi Dan oolong to $95 for a Qi Lan oolong.
In Yunnan Province Lucy
Wang, director of selling at YNTeas Agri Tech, stories “final winter was heat,
and final summer time’s rains had been large, so there needs to be numerous worms within the
terraced tea. “
Qingming West Lake Dragonwell (Picture/Adobe Inventory)
She just lately visited
historical development tea forest and located situations good. “Yunnan rains are few, so
the minerality of tea (inside materials) is denser, spring tea is healthier than
final 12 months, however the identical situations imply manufacturing is lower than final 12 months.”
YNTeas markets a variety of
Pu’er and Yunnan black tea. A Three-year-old cooked free leaf Pu’er from Menghai
sells for $23 for 250 grams. YNTeas is understood for its Shai Hong tea
moonlight white tea, which is grown like Pu’er however processed like a white tea
and Dianhong black.
In Anhui Province, native
growers compete yearly in Huangshan for recognition as one of the best tea producer
amongst 60 varieties grown. In Hubei Province, Lichuan black tea is gaining
favor. The tea is distinctive, requiring 10 hours of processing. It grows at
four,000 toes altitude (1,200 meters) close to Zhonglu north of Guizhou and sells for
$35 for 100 grams.
Taihu Lake in Jiangsu Province is China’s third
largest freshwater physique and residential to Biluochun, (snail tea) an fragrant inexperienced
tea with a style that lingers so long as it takes a snail to journey.
Fujian exported 20,000 metric tons of tea final 12 months, incomes
$240 million for its inexperienced and white varieties. A silver needle from the
present harvest sells for $36 for 100 grams and baimudan 2019 sells for $30 for
Lucy Wang writes that
viewing the grave markers of her ancestors, “cleansing the
branches, twigs and wild grass on the tomb, placed on the flowers, we start to
miss our handed away kinfolk, and take into consideration the essence of residing.”
“It doesn’t matter what your success or failure, wealthy
or poor in residing, all are mendacity right here equally now, with out taking away any fame
or possession. What we keep in mind is their love and parenting grace for us.
With out them, we’ve got nothing at present.”
Sources: Seven Cups, Camellia Sinensis, Tao Tea Leaf
(Toronto), Morima Tea