Wild grown Jiaogulan (绞股蓝) from Mangshi county of Dehong! Grown in the mountains of southwestern China for thousands of years, Jiaogulan is a wild herb that has been consumed as a tea or in soups. Jiaogulan is believed to have many properties similar to Ginseng, and has almost 3 times as many saponins (gypenosides) as Panax Ginseng. Jiaogulan contains a plethora of anti-oxidants, adaptogens and plays a role in blood sugar and blood sugar regulation.
You can brew Jiaogulan much as you would a green tea, pu-erh or oolong. Measure 5 grams per 100ml brewing device (gaiwan or cha hai). Use 90-95c spring water and wash once briefly to activate the Jiaogulan. Drink successive infusions. Brewing time can increase after a few steepings (start with 25 seconds).
The taste is sweet with some bitterness to counter it. Drink regularly for benefits. No caffeine whatsoever!
April 2018 Harvest