Pi Lo Chun tea’s benefits are derived from the antioxidant substances which are naturally found in the camellia sinensis plant, this is the same plant that all the differing types of green tea come from.
Pi lo chun tea is a type of green tea grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Jiangsu province in China. This tea is characterized by a fruity taste, a smoky but flowery scent, earthy flavor, and delicate white hairs.
The name “pi lo chun” means “green snail spring” and it is so called because the leaves are rolled into a spiral that resembles the meat of a snail. According to legend, the Emperor Kangxi was responsible for giving it this name. The Emperor thought that the original name for this tea – “frightening and scary tea” – was inappropriate. The tea was so called because of its overpowering fragrance.
Pi lo chun tea has a very short harvest season. Plucking usually starts in the end of March until the early part of April each year. This tea is typically grown along with apricots and peaches and these are said to be responsible for the fruity flavor of the pi lo chun tea.
Pi lo chun tea has been highly rated by Chinese tea experts. In fact, tea connoisseur Zhen Jun gave it the highest rank among Chinese green teas. As such, this tea became a staple of tributes to the Emperor. It is said that many people included some pi lo chun tea in their yearly tax payments.
A good cup of pi lo chun tea can be made by placing a teaspoon of the leaves in a cup of newly-boiled water. Let the brew stand for about 5 minutes. Drain the leaves and then sip slowly.
Following are some health effects achieved by Pi Lo Chun tea:
- Could lower the risk for heart and cardiovascular diseases.
- Believed to strengthen immunity and make the body more resistant to viruses and bacteria.
- May decrease chances of cancer and tumor development.
- Said to delay the arrival of symptoms associated with aging.
- Known to build-up energy levels and suppress fatigue.
- May help gain positive results with weight loss.