Also the name of a citron plant, Buddha's Palm tea is the most highly prized species among the varieties of Oolong Tea. It is cultivated in Yongchun County, Fujian Province, where sufficient rainfall and temperate climate averaging 17-20 °C make it highly conducive for growing Buddha's Palm Tea. Plantations are located at altitudes of 600-900m above sea level, where the soil is predominantly nutrient-rich laterite.

The cultivation of Buddha's Palm tea can be traced to a legend; the abbot of a temple in Mingnan was said to have collected tea buds and then transplanted them onto a bergamot plant. The two species of bergamot tree - the red and green bud bergamot - can be distinguished by the colour of their buds. Of the two, the red bud bergamot is acknowledged as the superior species. Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea leaves are large and thick. Displaying the traits of a big-leaf shrub, the larger leaves can grow to the size of a human palm. Oval in shape with an uneven surface, the leaves are soft and greenish-yellow in colour. The leaves look very much like the leaves of a bergamot citron plant when they expand in water, hence the tea is also known as bergamot tea. Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea can be picked during all four seasons year-round, spring production accounting for the bulk. The standard practice is to pluck two or three leaves when the new shoots expand to four or five leaves, and when the top bud has formed. In general, the production process of Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea is fairly similar to the oolong tea.

Due to the unique characteristic of the bergamot leaves when it expands, the baking and rolling process of Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea takes longer compared to other Oolong Teas. This ensures a high standard of tea.

In its final form, Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea leaves are tightly curled, rather shaped like a question mark, dark green in colour, have a bold aroma and a citrus-like flavor. It produces a bright orange infusion that gives a smooth full-bodied mouth-feel and leaves flowery notes in your breath. From the steeping stage until it is fully brewed, the tea exudes a lingering aroma, just like the bergamot citron fruit perfuming the rain with its joyous fragrance. The bergamot is one of the citron fruits that release an alluring fragrance. Thus, the tea's name was not only inspired by the similar appearance of their leaves, but also the appearance of the processed tea leaves and the resulting aroma of the brew which remind us of the bergamot.

Buddha's Palm tea is not only consumed as a beverage; famous historical figures once regarded it as a trusted remedy. Among the different varietals of Oolong tea, it has the highest concentration of zinc and flavanone. Zinc can enhance human growth, improve heath and delay aging, while flavanoids can lower blood pressure and lipids, soften vascular vessels, etc. So, frequent drinking of Buddha's Palm tea can improve your health: it can reduce weight, quench thirst, improve digestion, prevent coughing, remove phlegm, soothe and re-energize the liver, strengthen spleen, ease the stomach, etc.

Until now, tea lovers all agree that Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea is the most unique and precious among Fujian's Oolong Teas. Since 1985, Yongchun Buddha's Palm tea has won numerous awards at major tea tasting events, all levels of tea cultural exchange and fairs. In conclusion, its recognition by experts coupled with the reception from consumers affirms its unparalleled status in tea culture.




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