Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea - Liu An Melon Seed

A legendary favorite tea of emperors and dignitaries including the empress Dowager Cixi and Henry Kissinger. Liu An Melon Seed is known for its unique single leaves. By pan-frying over low heat, the leaves curl into melon-seed like shape, with a refreshing, invigorating and complex flavor.

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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.

Additional Info
Additional Info
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 Year 2020
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content medium
Tea Region Liu'an Village
Tea Province Anhui
Gluten-free yes
Tea in Chinese 六安瓜片
Customer Reviews (3)
Awesome tea
Must say this is one of my most favourite teas of all the green teas. It's vivid green and grassy taste with mild sweetness in aftertaste. It's fragrance is fresh when steeping, and It's very good for everyday drink. But what I love the most is it's look of tea leafs. Review by Mark (Posted on 7/19/2019)
A highly recommended tea for daily consumption.
The grassy taste and strong aroma are the strong attraction and with daily regular intake of Liu An Melon Seed Green Tea I succeeded to bring down my weight, and maintaining and improve my health. Review by Florence (Posted on 7/19/2015)
Green tea lover
Like most green teas, this is somewhat bitter, with a grassy taste. The tea leaves smell wonderful. I would say the overall flavor is strong. I would recommend this for serious tea drinkers that prefer a more traditional flavor. Review by Nicolette (Posted on 5/12/2015)
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