Tea Bits About Pu-erh
As with many teas, Pu-erh is named after the region where it was first harvested. There was a small town in the Yunnan province called Pu-erh. All teas have a wide spectrum of health benefits, but Pu-erh has an extra one. Drinking Pu-erh tea can help reduce cholesterol, according to scientific studies. By helping digestion (particularly of fatty foods), Pu-erh is the perfect tea after a heavy meal. I personally drink it at night after my evening meal.
Though Pu-erh has some caffeine content it has been known to assist in sleeping by helping the body digest. The tea is darkly red, and has a bold, earthy taste. This is due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). Pu-erh is often compared to wine, as it improves with time (and is very hard to get the stain out if spilled on white carpet).
Pu-erh should be prepared using boiling water and a long steeping time (5 to 7 minutes). The tea can be enjoyed many times over with multiple steeping. Come discover Pu-erh for yourself.