How to steep Liu An Melon Seed Green Tea?
Glassware or porcelain gaiwans are ideal as this green tea doesn't require high temperatures (80°C / 175°F) for preparation. In addition, you'll enjoy the view of how the leaves unfurl. Apply about 6-8 grams of tea to enjoy up to 12 brews. It's appropriate to start with a steeping time of about 20 seconds, which you can slowly increase after the 3rd brew. If you don't have a small tea vessel, you can use the following Western brewing guide:
To bring out the best flavor of the tea, the water for brewing Liu An Gua Pan should be 80°C / 176°F. Apply 3 g Liu An Melon Seed tea leaves into the teapot (or large mug), add hot water, and brew for about 4 minutes. Liu An Melon Seed can generally be brewed for up to 3 times in large mugs or teapots.
When you use a straight glass or mug, you may also apply the grandpa brewing method.
Liu An Melon Seed Origin
Liu An Melon Seed is a unique type of Chinese green tea produced in Liu An County in Anhui Province in the middle part of China. One of the oldest teas in China, it has been highly praised by tea connoisseurs from Tang Dynasty and was chosen as a special gift for Henry Kissinger during his first secret visit to China in 1971.
Liu An Melon Seed Health Benefits
Drinking Liu An Melon Seed and other Chinese green teas helps reduce the risk of cancer. The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 24 times better than vitamin E. This helps your body at protecting cells from damage which is proved to be linked to cancer. In addition, it helps prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol. Even after the heart attack it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells.
|Steeping time||4-5 min|
|Steeping temperature||80 °C - 175 °F|
|Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot||2-5 gram|
|Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz)||1.5 tbsp|
|Tea Caffeine Content||medium|
|Tea Region||Liu'an Village|
|Tea in Chinese||六安瓜片|