Do you want a hot cup of tea? Are you tired of the same old flavors of fragrant green and black tea? Well, if you answered yes to both of these questions, then you are in the right place. We bring you a classic purple tea called (Chai ya Zambarau purple tea) with the perfect blend of flavor, antioxidants, and aroma! It comes from the high mountains of the Kenya region. Let’s take a look below.
Chai ya Zambarau purple tea and its origin
Chai ya Zambarau Purple tea comes from Africa, more specifically, the Mount Kenya region, as mentioned above. It is a new hybrid of the same tea tree (Camellia Sinensis Assamica), which gave us all the very famous white, black and dark green tea varieties. This particular type of tea tree is mainly endemic to Kenya and can only be grown in cold environments and high altitudes. This property of the purple tea tree allows it to use sunlight more efficiently, which in turn makes it rich in vitamins, anthocyanins and polyphenols. The high anthocyanin content of Chai ya Zambarau Purple tea is the reason behind its purple color. Some even call it a genetic mutation due to its unique color. However, “anthocyanins” are the same antioxidants found in the blueberry plant, giving them their deep blue color, making this tea nothing out of the ordinary.
Purple tea grows at high altitudes (over 1800 m). Although the Kenya Tea Research Foundation bred the variety 25 years ago, the first seedlings were not planted until 2011. Small scale farmers had to be persuaded to commit to cultivating gardens for the full five years, the time it takes for plants to mature and be ready for initial harvest and production, without any monetary return and strictly abide by the standard of picking two leaves and one bud. Thus, purple tea is produced in small batches using only the finest tea leaves.
Teas made from purple tea leaves are darker and purplish in color. A variety of the camellia tree with leaves that start out green and turn purple as they mature. Not only are its leaves purple, but they are uniquely soaked in a light golden infusion, the purple color is visually enhanced with a squeeze of lemon juice. It does not rightfully belong to any other tea category, so the new category Purple Tea was created just for it.
With climate change and falling temperatures, scientists speculate that this tea will be the most ideal substitute for regular green tea and black tea. This is because it is resistant to frost, drought, pests and many different diseases, making it highly productive with crops that are less environmentally challenging.
The efficacy and role of purple tea
Nourishment of the skin
A large number of studies have shown that purple tea has content of flavonoids and amino acids several times higher than other regular teas. Therefore, in terms of nourishing the skin, purple tea is also more powerful than any other tea. On the skin, it plays a role in making the skin more radiant and youthful.
Softening blood vessels
Drinking purple tea is especially suitable for middle-aged and elderly people, but careful attention should be paid to the amount. Proper drinking of purple tea can soften blood vessels, and greatly reduce blood pressure, fat, and sugar. As a healthy tea, purple tea helps middle aged and elderly people avoid problems before they happen, and has the benefit of inhibiting cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
Helping to lose weight
Obesity patients think about how to lose weight day and night. Proper exercise and a balanced diet are of course the foundation. With the help of purple tea, it is believed that healthy weight loss can be achieved with half the effort. After all, purple tea has a powerful oil shaving effect, which helps dissolve and discharge lipids in the body, thereby treating obesity and making the body slimmer.
The correct brewing method of purple tea
Cleaning the tea set
To brew purple tea, everyone must first clean their tea set that is to be used for brewing. Scald the tea set with freshly boiled boiling water, and use only the cleaned tea set to brew purple tea. Because the temperature of the tea set drops sharply, it affects the taste of purple tea.
Amount of tea leaves
Generally, a tureen is used for brewing, so everyone must master the amount of purple tea in the tureen, basically occupying 1/3 or 1/2 of the position. Let it stand for 1 minute and then add boiling water to brew. Using high flushing method, let the purple tea be turned up and down in the tureen to fully soak and absorb the water. Pour out the tea soup within 15 seconds to complete the first washing of the purple tea.
After washing the purple tea, open the lid of the gaiwan, and then let it stand in the air for about 3 minutes. This is a deep awakening of the purple tea, which helps to release the taste and tea feeling of the purple tea. After 3 minutes, you can add boiling water again to fully infiltrate the purple tea. After soaking for about 1-2 minutes, you can pour the tea soup into a fair cup, filter out the residue of the purple tea, and only take the part of the tea soup, and then drink it.
Brewing purple tea correctly, in addition to obtaining a sweet and refreshing taste, is also a beautiful and enjoyable experience. If you operate through the brewing steps introduced above by experts, you can naturally get more purple tea as well as experiencing its authentic natural taste.