Huangshan Maofeng – Tea and Legends

This green tea (also known as Huangshan Maofeng) is grown in the Huangshan Mountains in Anhui Province in China. The rest of the tea’s name comes from the down that is found on the bud when it is harvested. 

Once brewed, the tea becomes a yellow liquid that is well known for its flowery flavor. It is said to have a sweet taste of apricots and orchids.

The legend of the origin of this tea is actually a romantic and tragic love story.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful young tea picker. She fell in love with a handsome young scholar and he was in love with her too. But theirs was not a predestined love….

A rich landowner one day saw the tea picker and was fascinated by her beauty. He had to have her. Therefore, he went to the girl’s parents and convinced them to allow him to marry their daughter.

The night before her wedding, the beautiful tea picker left her house and ran to her lover’s house. She had wanted to see her love at least once before she married another man. 

When she arrived at the scholar’s home, she was horrified to discover that her lover had been murdered by the wealthy landowner. The young woman managed to find her lover’s grave. 

He sat on the grave and wept, wept for days and nights until finally it turned into rain. It continued to rain incessantly on the tomb until one day a Maofeng tree grew… the body of the handsome young man combined with the rain, or the essence of the girl, thanks to love had turned into the tea tree. 

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