Perhaps you have tried black tea, green tea, white tea and even oolong, but your tea-tasting experience is incomplete until you have tried a robust cup of pu-erh tea. Like the more classic teas, pu-erh originated in China, and is also made from the Camelia sinensis plant. What makes pu-erh tea unique is its preparation. The leaves of the tea plant are allowed to ferment over long periods of time before drying. The result is a tea with a rich, woodsy aroma that excites the senses even before brewing. A cup of pu-erh tea offers a deep, earthy flavor much like black tea, but without the astringent bite of its cousin. When it comes to pu-erh, the longer the aging, the better the tea.
The Riches of Pu-Erh
Aside from its compelling flavor unique preparation, pu-erh also comes with a variety of rich nutrients for those who choose to drink it. In ancient China, pu-erh was considered a highly valuable tea and a favorite of herbalists. Today’s tea drinker can happily benefit from the many vitamins, minerals, and other useful constituents pu-erh can offer. These include:
- Vitamin C & Vitamin E
- B1 & B2 vitamins
- Iron, Potassium, Calcium & Phosphorus
- Dietary Fiber
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