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Brief Introduction to
Gunpowder Green Tea (Ping Shui Zhu Cha)


Gunpowder Tea (also called Zhu Cha), produced in Shaoxing of China’s Zhejiang Province, is one of the most famous Chinese green tea, which is rolled into tight pellets. The pellets are in dark green and resemble lead shot. The origin of the tea’s English name may come from the Mandarin Chinese term gāng paò de (刚泡的), simply meaning “just brewed”, which sounds like the English word ‘gunpowder’.

One of the advantages of Gunpowder tea is that it’s tightly rolled, so it keeps very well and is also economic – 2 tsp is enough for a whole pot. The pellets almost explode in the water as the leaves expand and unroll. The tea can produce a dry, rather dark green liquor with quite strong flavor that is often described as nutty or oaked. It is often fairly bitter. This can be refreshing, but the flavor can be brought out and improved by adding a little bit sugar.

Gunpowder Tea was one of the first teas exported out of China in the 17th Century and is currently exported to more than 40 countries. One of the largest importers of Gunpowder Tea is Morocco which reportedly imported more than $56 million worth of this tea in the first half of 2006. Gunpowder tea has been the foundation of North African Touareg tea since the 18th Century.

Since gunpowder tea is classified as a green tea, it shares all of the health-supporting antioxidant properties that are specific to green tea. The antioxidants embodied in green tea, especially EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) are especially beneficial for human body. Unchecked free radicals contribute to the development of many different types of ailments, such as cancer, and can even cause damage to the very structure of DNA. Gunpowder tea is good for your teeth, some researches have suggested that 3 cups of Gunpowder tea supplies enough fluoride for an adult’s daily requirement. Gunpowder tea is also a good choice to help advance digestion.

make the perfect cup of
Gunpowder Green Tea (Ping Shui Zhu Cha)

    • Teaware
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    • 12 OZ. Tall Glass Teacup, Gaiwan (Bowl)
    • Leaves
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    • 1½ TBS
    • Water
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    • Filtered (Spring) Water
    • Fire
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    • 90°C | 194°F
    • Time
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    • 2 Min for 1st Infusion
    • Infusion
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    • 5-6 infusions

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