Pu-erh tea is a type of fermented tea that is produced in the Yunnan province of China. It is made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis and is typically aged for several years before it is consumed. The ageing process gives Pu-erh tea a unique flavour and aroma that is often described as rich, earthy, and woody.
Pu-erh tea is made through a process called “post-fermentation,” which involves storing the tea leaves in a cool, humid environment for an extended period of time. During this process, microorganisms break down the tea leaves, releasing enzymes that change the flavour and aroma of the tea. The length of time that the tea is aged, as well as the temperature and humidity of the storage environment, all contribute to the final flavour and aroma of the tea.
Pu-erh tea is known for its health benefits, including its ability to aid in digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and boost the immune system. It is also said to have a calming effect and may help to reduce stress and anxiety. Pu-erh tea is typically served hot and can be enjoyed on its own or with food. It is often aged for several years and is considered a delicacy in China.