What is Pu-erh Tea?
Pu-erh tea is also called Black Tea. It is originated from China in the Yunnan province. It is usually made from both green and black tea leaves and is post-fermented. The leaves of tea go through a process called microbial fermentation after being dried and rolled. This process causes the color and taste to change. Pu-erhs teas are able to stay fresh for a very long time and can be aged very well.
Puerh tea is typically made from large leaf strains such as camellia sinensis, these are ancient trees that are about 500 – 1000 years old.
History of Pu-erh Tea
Pu-erh tea was first found during the Eastern Han Dynasty. It became famous during the Ming Dynasty and was and was widely used during the Qing Dynasty. Mules were used to transport Pu-erh tea on well-established routes. These routes later became known as Tea Horse Roads.
The post-fermentation process was able to keep the Pu-Erh tea fresh so it did not spoil when being transported to suppliers. It was noticed that as the journey of delivering the teas took longer, the Pu-Erh tea became to taste better. Shortly, as supply and demand starting growing pu-erh became known to help with digestion while offering other health benefits.
Pu-erh Tea Today
Today, pu-erh is growing in western households. It is still known as a top commodity and still maintains its values as a household treat. As the populations of tea drinkers grow, the pu-erh tea will also grow. Mainstream media and store are starting to advertise pu-erh tea and the benefits of pu-erh tea.