During my recent visit to China on a tea study trip I visited a green tea organic farm outside a town called An Ji, which is in Zheijang Province south of Shanghai. I was privileged to meet the tea master, Sheng Xue, who showed my group around her tea garden and took us through the process of making An Ji Bai Cha Green Tea. Unfortunately we missed the tea production by a few days as her first flush teas had already been harvested and processed the week before our arrival.
The tray below shows some freshly picked tea from the morning of our visit, undergoing withering. The tight schedule for the day did not permit sufficient time to experience the making of An Ji Bai Green Tea. However, some other visits on this tour to tea masters from whom we also get various quality teas will be published in news articles ahead.

Freshly picked leaves being withered for for An Ji Bai Cha

Freshly picked leaves being withered for for An Ji Bai Cha

Below is a photo I took during my visit to tea master Sheng Xue’s organic tea garden. You will notice something that would not be present at a non-organic tea farm…the little insects seen on the leaf in the photo.

 

Note the tiny insects...an indication that pesticides are not used

Note the tiny insects…an indication that pesticides are not used

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The tea leaves in the photos above are for the An Ji Bai Cha Organic Green Tea, one of many tea varieties we are proud to carry in our range of organic teas. This particular green tea is famous for being extremely rich in amino acids. It was the favourite tea of Song Hui Zong, Emperor of China (1082-1125 AD). He named this tea “Bai Cha” because it reminded him of white jade
In the photo below I am standing with Sheng Xue, the tea master of An Ji Bai Cha, who has been entrusted to protect and care for what is believed to be the last remaining mother bush from which the An Ji Bai Cha tea bushes were cultivated. The mother bush can be seen in the back ground.

 

The An Ji Bai Cha mother bush in the back ground is recorded by the Chinese government and is officially protected.

The An Ji Bai Cha mother bush in the back ground is recorded by the Chinese government and is officially protected.