Original Post-January 2014
The tea hearts I featured in a video recently are pu-erh tea. Pu-erh is often mistaken for black tea because of it's dark reddish color. Pu-erh teas are different from other teas because they go through a process known as post fermentation.This simply means that the leaves are rolled and dried and allowed to ferment to develop the flavor.
This tea is often formed into shapes, like the tea hearts pictured above. It may also be in the shape of a nest.
These unique teas have long been used in China for the medicinal benefits. The soothing properties, aid digestion and are perfect after heavy or greasy meals. More recent studies indicate powerful cholesterol lowering effects, blood cleansing properties and significant aide in weight loss efforts. Many published studies have been done showing the enormous health benefits of this wonderful tea. The most eye opening of these studies was conducted in France several years ago. After a 30-day period the results showed that drinking Pu'erh on a regular basis could significantly lower cholesterol and further research confirmed that Pu'erh was as effective as the most advanced cholesterol lowering medications available. This is just one of the many healthy benefits of this delicious tea.