Tea drinking customs - Blang people sour tea

By Emma Chang | 14 November 2018 | 0 Comments
The Blang ethnic group has a total of around 58,000 people. It is one of the earliest  groups that planted tea trees in Yunnan, and is known as the “ancient tea farmer”. They live in high mountains above 1500m above sea level. Eating sour tea is a unique tea custom of the Blang people. Unlike ordinary tea brewing methods, Blang people eat sour tea.
The tea processing time of sour tea is generally in May and June. The process of sour tea is firstly to pluck the tea leaves; the second is to steam the tea leaves; the third is to put the steamed tea in a cool, ventilated and dry place for about 7-10 days, let it ferment naturally. To enhance the color, aroma, taste and partial moisture of the sour tea, the water content is maintained at 40%-50%; the fourth is to put the dried sour tea raw material into the bamboo tube; the fifth is the bamboo tube that will be filled with sour tea. Buried into the soil, so that the whole process of production of sour tea has been completed. It takes about 30 days for the sour tea to be buried in the soil, and the longest can be buried in the soil for 10 months.

In the long-term social and historical process, the blang people follow the custom of eating sour tea, which is simple and interesting. When they eat sour tea, they take the sour tea out of the bamboo tube and chew it, without boiling water. Eating sour tea is generally in the morning and evening, sour tea has the function of quenching thirst and digestion. 

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