Oolong tea, also known as Wu long tea, comes from Fujian province in China. It is a tea with a slightly fruity aroma that combines the beneficial health properties of the green tea with the ones of the black tea and is grown in Taiwan. Oolong Tea is the most common tea served in Chinese restaurants often giving it the nick name of ‘Chinese restaurant tea’. It has been cultivated for 400 years in the Fujian province in China. Wu long means “the black dragon”. It is also called the blue-green tea due to the colour of its infusion.
The Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is thought to have double the beneficial health of other teas due to its higher concentrations of antioxidants compared to Black Tea or Green Tea. Like all teas there is a link between tea and weight loss, Oolong Tea is the same however (metabolic rates are main factor in weight loss) it also has benefits for lowering blood pressure, help with skins conditions (eczema) and has relaxation properties.
How to Brew Oolong tea
Oolong tea can be served hot or cold, for the heated version then the following advice will help.
Amount of Tea Leaf: 10g (0.35 oz, light 3 tsp.)
Water Temperature: Boiling
Water Amount: 650ml (22 fl.oz)
Brewing Time: 2-4 minutes
Temp. When Served: 80’C (180’F)
Amt. of Brewed Tea/ Cup: 120ml (4 fl.oz)
Whole Amt. of Brewed Tea: 600ml (20 fl.oz)
Place tea leaves in a teapot. Pour boiling water that has been cooled to the correct temperature, allow tea to steep for about 2-4 minutes.
Then stir (virtually all the leaves will sink) then pour into your cup. It is optional to add milk or sugar however the tea is really intended to be drunk without either being added.