Organic Mao Jian Green Tea
Our organic Mao Jian Green Tea has attractively-twisted organic green tea leaves with silvery tips, made from the tender new growth of the tea bushes. The leaves of this organic tea from China yield a yellow-green infusion that is delicate, sweetly vegetal, and hinting at asparagus, with increasing pungency the longer it is allowed to infuse. A rare find among organic loose tea!
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea
Origin: Xinyang, Henan Province, China
Xinyang, Henan is home to what is considered to be one of the 10 best teas in China - Mao Jian. Surrounded by Mt. Cheyun, Mt. Jiyun, and Mt. Tianyun, Xinyang enjoys four distinct seasons with a warm humid summer due to the east Asian monsoon, and a cold, windy, dry winter created by the Siberian anticyclone. In 1987, archaeologists discovered ancient tea in excavated tomb sites in Gushi County that was produced in 875 BCE! This region with its 2900 year old tea history continues to produce award winning tea. In 1915, Xinyang Maojian (then named “The Mountain Tippy” tea) won a gold medal at the world’s fair in San Francisco.
At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!
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Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.
Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.
For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!