It may seem like tea is suddenly trending and for good reason! Many have only recently discovered that not only are there hundreds of delicious tea blends, but that they’re also extremely healthy for you.
One of the blends that have recently gained popularity is Oolong Tea. ‘Oolong’ comes from the Chinese name ‘wu long’- ‘wu’ meaning black and ‘lung’ meaning dragon.
There are a number of varieties of Oolong; among them are Dung Ti and Ti Kuan Yin. The latter is named after the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. There’s a great story behind this tea. Legend goes that in Fujian Province- China, there was an old crumbling temple with a statue of Guanyin. Each day, a poor farmer would pass the temple on the way to his fields. Seeing its poor condition, he developed a habit of sweeping the temple and lighting incense a few times per month. Finally, one day Guanyin appeared to him, and told him of a cave where he would find treasure. Waiting there he found a single rare tea plant. From this plant, he became known for the finest teas in his land!
Many tea enthusiasts love Oolong for its depth of complex flavours and aromas. All Oolongs are great to pair with smoked foods, lightly spicy or curried dishes and buttery desserts. Oolong’s taste generally falls in the range between green and black teas because it’s only partially oxidized. The particular level of oxidization depends of the desired style of Oolong. Finished teas can vary in colour from blue-green to brown.
If you have a sweet tooth, try an Oolong after dessert as well. The polyphenols in Oolong may actually support healthy teeth. Just like Green Tea, Oolong boasts plenty of antioxidants that are effective at removing toxins from the body, and some say, will promote healthy skin. In fact, a 2001 trial study of the affects of Oolong for people struggling with skin conditions (eg. Eczema) found that most often, these conditions improved significantly after introducing Oolong tea for just a few weeks.
You should know that Oolong is also loaded with other health benefits. It’s a popular addition to weight loss programs because it contains the antioxidant catechin, which can boost your metabolism for up to 2 hours post consumption. Did you know Oolong may be even better at calorie-burning than green tea?
Once you try it, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to Oolong!
Head over to the Tea Boutique to try one of our Oolong Tea blends. If you’re looking for a fun way to incorporate Oolong Tea into food, check out this fun recipe for Oolong Tea Macaroons HERE.