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Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum (Gongju)

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Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum (Gongju)
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Summary
Origin:

Shexian(歙县), Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

Harvest Date:

November 8, 2017

Appearance: 

White petal, small yellow in centre, even size of each flower, soft and fragrant

Aroma: 

Pure and sweet (typical chrysanthemum scent)

Liquor: 

Light green, pellucid and bright

Taste: 

Tastes slightly bitter with sweet aftertaste.

Tea Garden:

Dailing Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Caffeine-free

Sugar:

Sugar-free

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Angel's Comment:

The Huang Shan Gongju from 1200 Meters High Mountain can be drunk alone or together with other teas.

Known as one of the four noble flower in China (plum blossoms, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum), chrysanthemum is often seen as Chinese poem theme. It’s a representative flower of the Double Ninth Festival. What’s more, it is a traditional drug in Chinese medicine.

Gongju, short for Huang Shan Dried Chrysanthemum Gongju, is produced in Anhui Province. Therefore it is also called as Huiju or Huizhou Gongju. This specie of chrysanthemum used to be tribute for the emperor, which is the implication of “Gong”. Analysis from the aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum is cool in character, and is a kind of renowned Chinese medicine. It is helpful for reducing heat, improving eyesight, cleaning toxin. For family use, chrysanthemum can be directly infused with water; or be brewed together with tea, which will enrich the liquid’s flavor and aroma. Its origin is in She County on the elevation of 1200 meters, which is well-known as the “Home Town of Tea” in Huangshan City. She County produces Gong Ju, as well as the high qualified Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea.

Tea Garden

Dailin Tea Garden is located in Da Guyun village in Huang Shan. Da Guyun originally got its name from the surrounding mountains and valleys. The tea garden lies in remote parts of the high mountains, where the air is clean, the climate is moist and the four seasons are distinct. The only crops grown by farmers in this area are tea and chrysanthemums.

Dailin Tea Garden

Hillsides covered in wild tea and Chrysanthemum.
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Chrysanthemum among tea trees

Chrysanthemum seedling grows among tea trees. Farmers in this area only grow tea and chrysanthemums.

Chrysanthemum area

Chrysanthemum area

Chrysanthemum blooming

Tea Farmer

Mr Ke, who was born and grown up in the tea village, has been in tea industry for more than 40 years. He started off early in his childhood, following his parents as they harvested tea. From then on, he aspired to become an excellent tea maker. He started to learn the art of tea-making when he was 15, and quickly mastered the traditional skill of making Huang Shan Mao Feng tea. “I will devote my whole life to tea and the innocent tea village” said Mr. Ke.

Tea Farmer Mr Ke

 
Origin

Shexian County (歙县), also known as She County, is a famous historic and cultural city in the south of Anhui Province. It is geographically located at 118°15′E to 118°53′E, 29°30′N to 30°7′N. The county is a part of Huangshan City and covers an area of 2122 square kilometers.

Map of Shexian

The Legend of Chrysanthemum

Gong refers to pay tribute to the emperor. The tributes are called gong ping, which must be famous and be of the best quality. 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.

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