Lu'an Melon Seed Tea Introduction
Lu'an Melon Seed (also known as Liuan Leaf or Luan Guapian) is one of the very few teas included in pretty much every "Famous Chinese Tea" lists. It gets its name from the processing method, where the tea leaves are flattened and end up resembling a melon seed. There are very good reasons why this green is considered to be one of the most popular Chinese teas. Its unique production process and subsequent taste put it high on the list of praised green teas. We recommend Lu’an tea to anyone who is familiar with the classic green tea aroma and flavor, but want to go further with tea exploration.
Every tea drinking experience starts with the visual aspect of the tea and Lu’an is special when it comes to that. When fresh, it looks different from other teas because the leaves are rolled and look almost like melon seeds (Guapian), but when in dry form, it is long and resembling sticks. The elongated leaves are crispy and have a gorgeous dark green color. Upon tasting Lu’an tea, you will find that it is quite refreshing and calming. The sweetness can be tasted instantly, but slowly a nutty aftertaste will start to emerge, similar to roasted pumpkin seeds. The aroma is also very sweet, soothing and fresh.
Lu’an Melon Seed tea can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Some prefer to drink it in the morning to kick start their day because of its refreshing properties, while some like it as an afternoon or evening tea because it is so soothing and relaxing. Although this green tea contains some caffeine, it can’t be compared to how much of it there is in coffee. That’s why Lu’an is great for reducing one’s caffeine intake or quitting coffee. There is just enough caffeine to give you a gentle boost of energy and concentration, but not enough to mess with your sleep patterns or prevent you from falling asleep.
Lu’an is renowned for its exquisite taste and has won many awards over the years. That makes it a must-have tea and a great addition to your tea cabinet.
Taste and Smell Profile
• Flavor: Sweet, nutty with a hint of toasted pumpkin seeds
• Color: Yellowish green
• Smell: Lightly floral with a hint of sweetness
Biluochun Tea Profile
• Before Brewing: Flat, oval, resembling a melon seed
• After Brewing: Soft, large oval, bright
About AiryTea Lu'an Melon Seed Tea Package
• Tea Type: Lu'an Melon Seed Tea
• Weight: 70g
• Shelf Life: 18 months
• Tea Storage Recommendation: Store it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.
The History of Lu'an Melon Seed Green Tea
Lu’an Guapian tea has a long and captivating history. It was first mentioned in a very important and popular book from 8th century titled The Classics of Tea. Written by Lu Yu, this book offered general information about tea, different varieties and how to brew each one. Because of mentions this book, we can safely say that Lu’an is one of the oldest Chinese teas which in and of itself is quite fascinating. Lu’an tea was enjoyed by all Chinese emperors, and still to this day is offered to foreign presidents and officials. This tea is also a very important part of the Chinese economy. Produced in the famous Anhui Province, it provides work for the local farmers who make it with love and care.
How is Lu'an Melon Seed Tea Made?
The reason why Lu’an has a better taste than many other green teas is the way that it is harvested and produced. Lu’an tea leaves are grown in Qi Shan, Anhui Province. The north part of the Yellow Mountains is just perfect for this type of tea because of high altitude, dense forests, many water sources and just the right amount of humidity. Tea plants grow strong and healthy there. The unique thing about Lu’an tea is that it is picked differently than other teas. Usually, when picking green tea leaves, one would pick two leaves and a bud or one leaf along with the bud, but when picking Lu’an, no buds are picked, just one single leaf with a small twig. It is the only tea where a single leaf is picked. The stem of the leaf is removed by hand later in the production. That single leaf is oval-shaped so it reminded the farmers of a melon seed (Guapian), hence the name Lu’an Mellon Seed. Unlike some other green teas, Lu’an is not picked in the early spring, because the leaves need time to grow to a certain size before they can be picked.
The leaves are then fried in a wok two times, first at about 90°C, and the second at about 70°. This process brings the oxidation to a halt. Only a skilled master can do this part of the process perfectly because no mistakes can be made. After frying, the leaves are spread out on a bamboo basket where they are left to dry some more over charcoal fire. This completes Lu’an tea production which is now ready to be enjoyed all around the globe.
Health Benefits of Lu'an Melon Seed Tea
You have probably heard about many health benefits of green tea and you’ll be happy to know that you can get all of them from Lu’an tea. However, we must emphasize that only organic Lu’an tea is good for you. Non-organic teas in general are very dangerous to consume because you don’t know how they were made or what harmful chemicals have been used. Drinking high-quality tea is absolutely essential. Lu’an is proven to help our concentration and focus.
Anybody who has ADHD or is experiencing similar symptoms known how frustrating that is. We recommend drinking a cup in the morning or before important work to have better cognitive function and focus on the work better. Energy is another thing you get from consuming this tea regularly. One of the most famous benefits of Lu’an tea is its ability to improve your figure. The pounds will start coming off and you will certainly feel much better and healthier.
For more, please check our post green tea health benefits.
How To Brew Green Tea?
For the best tasting green tea, we recommend you use 2 grams of tea leaves per 6 ounces of water. If you like stronger tea, feel free to add more.
- The optimum water temperature for green tea is 160 - 170* F (70 - 80* Celsius).
- Please note that green tea leaves expand and release their flavors, so a bigger cup or strainer is recommended. Please avoid strainers and cups made of plastic materials.
- After you have boiled water and added tea leaves, let it sit in the cup / kettle for 60 seconds, then taste every 30 seconds until you find your favorite taste combination.
Green Tea Shipping Times
We are proud to offer two great shipping methods that will suit everyone’s needs.
Flat Rate Shipping
- Great for people who are not in a hurry and want to save on even more for green tea. This method will take around 10 to 30 days to arrive.
- For everyone who wants to try our green tea as soon as possible, pick this method and get your tea in just 1 to 5 business days.
Please note: this excludes handling time, which is usually less than 24 hours. However, if there are certain situations beyond our control (such as the post office being closed) it may take up to 72 hours for your package to be shipped.
If you have changed your mind regarding the tea, you can return the unopened package to us and we will be more than happy to give you a refund. Please contact us (with your order number) to proceed with the request.
- Not at all what I was expecting—but in a good way! Review by good, thx
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- Low quality green teas cant compare to this one Review by Daniel Daniel
Personally, I like it a lot, but it’s much different from the grassier green teas most people are used to buying. I found this tea went really well as an after-dinner tea with certain desserts because the nutty-floral taste balances out the sweetness so nicely. Worth a shot if you’re looking for something new! (Posted on 9/3/2015)