【Introduction to Fuding White Tea】
White tea originates from Fuding City, Fujian Province, and is one of the six major tea categories in China (white tea series). Due to the long-term export, few Chinese people know about Fuding white tea, micro-fermented tea, named because the finished buds are plump and covered with pekoe, like silver and snow. Its soup color is apricot yellow and bright, and the mouth fragrance is revealed, fresh and sweet, and it is a special treasure in tea. In recent years, it has been converted to domestic sales and has gradually become the new favorite of the tea industry. With the popularity of tea drinking in the Tang and Song Dynasties in the domestic tea party, white tea has once again swept the country due to its own characteristics of “boiling old tea”. Under the background of comprehensively advocating natural and healthy food culture, white tea has become the first choice for people who advocate healthy tea because of its “most natural sun drying process” and “health effect”.
White tea has the lowest free radical content, the highest flavonoid content, and the average amino acid content is higher than other teas. Moreover, Fuding white tea has the effect of clearing away heat and removing fire, and white tea extract has a preventive effect on the growth of bacteria such as staphylococcus infection, streptococcal infection, and pneumonia.
Fuding City is located in the northeastern part of Fujian Province, on the coast of the East China Sea at the junction of Fujian and Zhejiang. The geographic coordinates are between 26°52′~27°26′ north latitude and 119°55′~120°43′ east longitude. The terrain is high in the northwest and low in the southeast, and the terrain is wavy in the northeast, northwest, and southwest to the central and southeast coastal areas. Except for a few low mountains and flat land in the coastal area, most of them are 500-800 meters above sea level, or even more than 1,000 meters above sea level. It is 79.3 kilometers wide from east to west, 57.4 kilometers long from north to south, and has a long coastline; the land area is 1461.7 square kilometers, and the sea area is 14959.7 square kilometers. The hills account for about 91% of the total land area, and the basin and valley plains account for about 9%.
In 2006, it was awarded the “Hometown of White Tea in China” by the Ministry of Forestry.
In 2008, it was awarded the title of “Hometown of Famous Tea in China” and “Tea Science and Technology Demonstration Base” by the China Tea Society.
In 2010, it was selected as the “Hometown of Chinese Tea Culture” by the China International Tea Culture Research Association. “Fuding White Tea” was recognized as “China Famous Trademark” by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.
In 2013, it was awarded the title of “China’s Most Beautiful Ecological Tea Township” by the Chinese Tea Association. It has been rated as one of the “Top Ten Tea-Producing Counties (Cities) in China” by the China Tea Circulation Association for many years.
On July 20, 2020, Fuding White Tea was selected into the first batch of protection lists of Central European Geographical Indications.
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