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Huizhou Emperor Chrysanthemum Tea
Shexian(歙县), Huangshan, Anhui Province, China
November 10, 2021
In whole shape, glaring golden color, one sachet for one single flower
Pure and sweet (typical chrysanthemum scent)
Bright and clear, slight yellow
Sweet, thirst quenching, durable infusing resistance
Dailing Tea Garden
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
Besides drinking and decoration purpose, Huizhou Huangju tea can also be consumed together with various food materials.
Dailin Tea Garden is located in Da Guyun Village in Huang Shan. Da Guyun takes its name from the surrounding mountains and valleys. The tea garden here lies in remote parts of the high mountains where the air is clean, the climate moist, and the four seasons each distinct from one another. The only crops grown by farmers in this area are tea and chrysanthemums.
Hillsides covered in wild tea and Chrysanthemum. - Photographed by TeaVivre Member Chris
Chrysanthemum seedling grows among tea trees. Farmers in this area only grow tea and chrysanthemums.
Mr. Ke was born in and grew up in the tea village here, and has been in the tea industry for more than forty years. He started off in his early childhood, following his parents as they harvested tea. From then on he aspired to become an excellent tea maker, starting to learn the art when he was 15, and then quickly mastering the traditional skill of making Huang Shan Mao Feng tea. “I will devote my entire life to tea and my tea village,” he has said.
Shexian County (歙县), also known as She County, is a famous historic and cultural city in the southern part of Anhui Province. The county is a part of Huangshan City, and covers an area of 2122 square kilometers.
China is the center of the world’s chrysanthemum industry, for its long history of cultivation and study. There are many varieties of the flower growing there today, among them “皇菊”, known simply as huangjuhua: “huang”=emperor, and “juhua”=chrysanthemum. This particular type is second to none when making tea, for its golden color and wonderful taste.
Used for drinking
Huangju has a rich variety of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, and is very rich in flavonol, so it has the potency to clear away overheating, improve acuity sight, and a few other health benefits.
Used as Ornamental plants
Chrysanthemum has been cultivated since ancient times as a decorative plant, widely used as potted flowers. The flowers can be kept in brilliant full bloom in clear water for as long as seven days without withering; this is the reason they are popularly used for aesthetic appreciation in upscale hotels, bars, and luxuriously furnished houses.
Used as natural food material
It is also a kind of natural food material; in China there are many traditional snacks made and named with Huangju, with a few familiar ones being Huangju wine and coffee, and pastry and cookies and other similar things.
However, chrysanthemums can cause side effects in some people, so be sure to consult your doctor if you unsure about consuming chrysanthemum tea.