What is Gunpowder Tea?
Owing to its versatility, Gunpowder Tea has also been named Pearl Tea or Bead Tea. Its versatility lies in the uses it is put into. From being an integral part of various blends like cocktails, cold-brews to being a detrimental health rejuvenating agent, its versatility is just endless. Its name means “freshly brewed” in a Mandarin Chinese phrase, “gang pao de” which sounds in English like Gunpowder. The reason behind its naming is its appearance.
The look of the Gunpowder tea resembles that of the gunpowder used as an explosive propellant in earlier guns, which were dark greyish pellets of irregular shapes. Likewise, the grey-green leaves of the Gunpowder tea are rolled tightly to give them the shape of tiny pellets that explodes and unfurls when put into hot water.
What is Gunpowder Green Tea?
Gunpowder tea is mostly made from dried green tea. Although gunpowder tea is also made from dried Oolong tea leaves, not so popular as Gunpowder Green tea. The leaves of dried green tea are rolled into small round pellets. It is one of the most demanded green tea in Western Countries, now becoming almost equally demandable in other countries also. Its origin is related to Tang Dynasty. Gunpowder Green tea was first introduced in Taiwan in the nineteenth century about a thousand years ago making it the oldest green tea in the world. To obtain Gunpowder Green tea the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are withered, steamed, rolled and, then dried.
The quality of the Gunpowder tea can be easily judged by just looking at the Gunpowder tea. Shinny, small, tightly rolled pellets are fresher and hence considered to be higher in grade whereas large, loosely rolled pellets are a mark of less high in grade. Previously, it was majorly grown in some provinces of Taiwan, Indonesia, and, China but now it is grown in almost all the countries over the world. Gunpowder Green tea has never been out of fashion due to the versatility of its flavors and, benefits.
What is the Difference between Gunpowder Green Tea and Regular Green Tea?
In Gunpowder Green tea the leaves of green tea are tightly rolled and, then dried which allows most of the chlorophyll content saved for a longer time, unlike regular green tea whose leaves are not rolled. Moreover, Gunpowder Green tea has more natural caffeine (approx 28mg caffeine in 220ml)caffeine is due to its compressed form than regular green tea making it ideal for improving endurance and supporting physical and, mental health.
Gunpowder Tea Health Benefits
Promotes Healthier Heart:
It helps in preventing the walls of the artery from experiencing any extra pressure in the bloodstream. Since the antioxidants present in Gunpowder tea can suppress the bad cholesterol and, triglycerides. This minimizes the risk of heart attacks, atherosclerosis and, strokes.
Improves Digestive function:
Due to the high inflammatory properties possessed by Catechins found in the leaves of Gunpowder tea, it resolves any kind of digestion issues such as constipation, bloating, IBS (Irritable Bowler Movement), cramps, Crohn’s diseases, ulcerative colitis and, others.
Diabetes is not just caused by intake of sugary products but also due to an imbalanced lifestyle involving untimely meals or, skipped meals. Polyphenols present in Gunpowder tea helps in balancing blood sugar levels by adjusting insulin and, prevents against nephropathy and, retinopathy.
Boosts up Endurance:
Gunpowder tea is the tea that is the first preference of athletes. As it enhances endurance by boosting up energy instantly and, is maintained in a day for at least 7 to 8 hours. A cup of gunpowder tea in a day is capable of keeping you energetic the whole day.
Aids in Weight Management:
The appropriate level of caffeine content found in Gunpowder tea, which is more than regular green tea but less than coffee helps in shedding calories effortlessly. It is gluten-free, fat-free and, also calorie-free. All these properties make it an ideal mate for weight loss.
Variants of Gunpowder Green Tea
As the region of cultivation is expanding the variants of Gunpowder tea are also growing overtime period. But there are mainly two variants of it. The first one is Formosa Gunpowder tea that is made from fresh or dried Oolong teas. The second is the original and, more popular variant called Pingshui Gunpowder tea, termed as Temple of Heaven Gunpowder or, Pinhead Gunpowder.
Gunpowder Tea Side-effects
The side-effects of Gunpowder tea are not for all. Only persons with caffeine intolerance are recommended not to have Gunpowder tea regularly or in huge amounts. Since it may lead to headaches. Also, taking it in more amount may result in excess weight loss. So it is advised to take it if one is not intolerant to caffeine and, in an adequate quantity if taken for weight loss.
How to Brew Gunpowder Green Tea?
- A kettle or, a teaware
- Freshwater about 300 ml
- ¼ teaspoon finely chopped mint
- A pinch of lemongrass
Steps to Brew
- Pre-heat the teaware or, kettle by rinsing it with hot water for about 5 minutes.
- Put into it 4 grams of Gunpowder tea.
- Steep it for 3 minutes or, till the temperature of the teaware or, kettle drops to 80 degrees Celcius, whichever is first.
- Strain it with a sieve in a cup.
- Garnish it with 1/4th teaspoon of mint
- Add lemongrass and honey as per taste to it.
Ready is the cup of versatile deep yellow smoky, peppery oaken distinguished flavored Gunpowder Green tea.
Gunpowder Green tea is not only a naturally upgraded version of green tea but it has all those benefits of herbal teas in an extremely high proportion than other teas and, energy drinks. The versatile character of this Gunpowder tea is the reason why it has become popular all over the world rapidly.