No. 241 - Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers
Legend of Chrysanthemum
We have introduced why the Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum is called Gongju in former paragraphs. But you may wonder why this chrysanthemum can be paid as tributes to the emperor. It was said, in Qing Dynasty, an epidemic of pinkeye broke out in the palace of the Forbidden City. None of the doctors that the King had found did anything useful for solving the problem. At that urgent time, the prefecture governor of Huizhou presented Huizhou Gongju to the King. Patients were asked to infuse the dried chrysanthemum, then drink the liquid, wash their eyes with the liquid. Soon the pinkeye in the city was conquered. As a result, the Huizhou chrysanthemum was renowned nationally, and ordered as tributes by the King himself.
Where is Our Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum From?
She County, also called as Shexian County, is a famous historic and cultural city lying in the south of Anhui Province. It geographically locates at 118°15′E to 118°53′E, 29°30′N to 30°7′N. The county belongs to Huangshan City, covers an area of 2122 square kilometers, and owns a population of 490,000.
This Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum Gongju comes from Daguyun Village, which locates in the northwest in Xitou Town in She County. The village covers an area of 12 square kilometers with the population of 1520. Originally it was called Dagu, implicating high mountains and deep valleys. Daguyun lies in remote areas in high mountains, at which the air is clean, the climate is moisty and the four seasons are distinct due to subtropical monsoon climate. Local people plant tea tree for a living. No other farm crops can be found in this place. The famous Shexian Mao Feng is produced in this village. Being different from Normal Huang Shan Mao Feng, the Mao Feng tea in here has leaves like sparrow’s tongue, meanwhile looks straight and elegant. The chrysanthemum is grown together with the trees of Mao Feng Tea in the same tea garden. Been taken great care of by tea workers, the chrysanthemum here has high quality and decent flavor.
Chrysanthemum owns high praise among Chinese poets. It is not only a beautiful sight of view, but also a kind of useful medicine. Its health benefits, such as protecting liver and eyes, make it favored by many people.
In ancient times, our ancestors described chrysanthemum’s medicinal characteristic as cool. That’s why this flower is suitable for summer as an herbal drink, so as for people with heavy inner heat.
Liver plays an important role in detoxing. The effect of chrysanthemum of reduce inner heat can help to expel toxin. Regular drinking of dried chrysanthemum will be good for blood and liver. According to traditional Chinese medicine, problems in eyes are often caused by the heavy burden of liver. Thus the liver-helpful chrysanthemum will be good for eyes. On the other hand, chrysanthemum contains plenty of Vitamin A, which is an important substance for eye health. Consequently, chrysanthemum is beneficial for people suffering high liver heat or the problem of dry eyes. Like most office workers who feel uncomfortable due to dry eyes, chrysanthemum will be strongly recommended to them.
One thing needs to be paid attention to is that chrysanthemum is cool in characteristic. In consequence it is not suitable for long-term drinking for people who is sensitive of cold, or has cold hands and feet, as well as weak stomach.
|Shelf Life||10 Years|
|Packed||United States of America|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||Not Available|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||Not Available|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||Not Available|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||Not Available|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||16.9 fl oz / 500 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||5-8 Pieces|
|Western Method (Time)||3-10 Mins (to taste)|