No. 112 - Goji Berry Oolong Tea
While it is only in recent years that the Goji Berry has begun garnering attention from mainstream health and wellness writers, the berry, which is actually the fruit of the Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense bush, has been getting rave reviews in China since at least the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During that time, poet Yu-Xi Lu wrote a poem in which he claimed that simply drinking water from a well near a Goji berry bush could help extend your time here on earth. But appreciation for the fruit didn’t stop there. A few centuries later in 1578, one of China’s greatest herbalists, a man named Shih-Chen Li, published the Materia Medica. In the book, Li notes that people from the village of Nan-Qiu were in the habit of doing two things:
1) Eating a lot of Goji berries.
2) Living an incredibly long time.
Fast forward to the present. These days, Goji berries seem to be appearing just about everywhere, in juices, hair products, foods and now…exceptional luxury teas. And why not? Recent science has shown that the berries are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and more, all geared toward harmonizing the body and making people feel great.
What do Goji Berries contain?
• 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals
• 18 amino acids • 6 essential vitamins
• 8 polysaccharides & 6 monosaccharides
• 5 unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid & alpha-linolenic acid
• Numerous phytosterols • 5 carotenoids, including beta-carotene
• Phenolic pigments (phenols) associated with antioxidant properties
Oolong Goji Berry was blended to offer all that goodness alongside the plethora of benefits that come from drinking Oolong tea. A double whammy if you will. Brew a cup today and feel the power!
|Shelf Life||10 Years|
|Packed||United States of America|
|Ingredients||Oolong tea, Goji berries, Sunflower + Calendula petals, Natural flavors|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||180 F / 82 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||1 Teaspoon|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||1 Minute, repeat until flavor is exhausted|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1 Teaspoon|
|Western Method (Time)||3-7 Mins (to taste)|
|Steeping Notes||Traditionally, the recommendation has been that oolong tea be brewed at 180??F/82??C. Regretfully, modern society makes it necessary to consider that water may not be free of harmful bacteria and other impurities. Therefore you need to boil water to kill bacteria. If you wish to use traditional brewing temperatures bring the water to a boil and allow it to cool to the desired brewing temperature its the food safe thing to do!|