The panda poo green tea was officially released on March 27, 2012 in Chengdu, Sichuan, and it is limited edition – only 21 packages are available on the market as of now. Each package weights 50g and costs 20,000 yuan ($3,000 for 1.7 ounces). Top-grade panda poo green tea has an even higher price tag of 219,865 yuan for 1 kg ($35,000 for 0.9 lbs). The official name? Panda Ecological Tea. The tea is marketed as something that is green, healthy and brings together the two things that China is best known for. Moreover, its inventor already filed application to Guiness World Records for the world’s most expensive green tea.
The eye-popping price probably has nothing to do with taste or whatsoever. Its inventor, An Yanshi, calligraphy professor at Sichuan University, filed a patent of growing tea trees on panda poop in 2011. Not long after, he got about 7 square kilometers of farmland in Ya’an, Sichuan and started to grow tea trees with about 100 tons of panda poop. Now a few months later, panda poo tea is available for purchase.
Inventor An Yanshi performs tea making at Panda Tea tasting show
According to An Yanshi, green tea is rich in antioxidants and said to be good for preventing cancers. Pandas live on bamboos, which are also rich in antioxidants. So…panda poo tea doubles the antioxidants and enhances whatever health benefits ordinal green tea has.
It’s not sure how many people will buy the tea, but one thing is sure – Professor An loves pandas. As a calligraphy professor, his specialty is “Environmentally-friendly Chinese characters: Panda calligraphy and painting”. No kidding. It is patented, too.
An Yanshi and workers working at his tea garden [Pictures from: Shangdu]
[Source: China Newsweek Forum]