FUJIAN - BEST TEA LEAVES PRODUCTION
Fujian (福建 in Chinese) is a province on the southeast coast of China.
Its tea production is considered to be one of the most important in the world, considering both the high-quality production and differentiated varieties development.
The province’s capital is Fuzhou, which means “happy city”, which is the right definition considering that its population lives in a 95% wooded mountain area split by rivers and that their tea drinking is, of course, incredibly high. Its subtropical climate with some rainfall year-round creates favorable conditions for tea growth and assists the intensive crop also for rice, sugar cans, fruits, tobacco, and peanuts.
Both oolongs, black and white teas are said to have originated in this province. In total, the Fujian region has counted 336 tea types, more than in any other provinces. Fujian is particularly important in the production of oolong teas: the 2 major regions of oolong production, are Anxi county, in the south, and Wuyi mountains or Wuyishan, in the north.
Wuyi region is important also in black tea, including Bohea (the one famous for its involvement in the Boston tea party). Wuyi mountain oolong teas are sometimes called yancha, which means, “cliff tea”, in reference to their rocky birthplace.
Famous also for its black tea, known as Lapsang Souchong, a kind of pine-smoked black tea that some people consider to be the very first one.
Fujian province also makes many wonderful white teas. One example is Yinzhen, which means “silver needle”, made from plump, fuzzy white buds.
Jasmine pearls is another famous tea from this area. Jasmine tea produced in this Chinese province has the best reputation. In northern China, it is customary to serve this tea as a welcoming gesture to guests.