Why You Should Buy Green Tea from Myanmar
- Myanmar green tea is grown in a mountainous region with high altitudes, deep slopes, and excellent soil conditions, which create an ideal climate for tea plantations. An old proverb says: “For good tea leaves, let the Palaung (local people specialized in tea production) take their time up the hills”.
- Myanmar green tea is produced without using chemicals and in socially responsible ways. The tea processors support organic certification for farmers. They also invest in equipment, villages, and education, supporting school children and teachers.
- Myanmar has one of the longest histories of cultivating tea in the world. The first tea plant, which is now over one thousand years old, still exists on Mount Lwal Sal in the Northern Shan State of Myanmar. The large number of old tea trees is further evidence of Myanmar’s long tea history.
Myanmar Tea Export Sector
More than 80% of tea is grown in the Shan State, on high altitudes of at least 1,500 metres above sea level. The tea plantation area in Myanmar increases every year. Tea is currently produced on more than 96,000 ha in Myanmar, of which 86,000 ha are harvesting area.
15 to 20% of the total fresh tea leaves production in Myanmar is used to produce fermented tea which is in fact a traditional food product which is said to have enormous health benefits, due to its high amounts of antioxidants.
Fermented tea in Myanmar (laphet) was traditionally served only in royal ceremonies as a symbol of peace. Today it is eaten everywhere in Myanmar. The tea dish is associated with national pride and praised for its health benefits.
Currently, around 80 Myanmar companies are exporting green tea. The largest quantities of green tea from Myanmar are exported to Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore. Buyers from the European Union (EU) have also started to show interest in purchasing green tea from Myanmar.
Myanmar Fermented Tea
Myanmar fermented tea is said to have enormous health benefits, due to its high amounts of antioxidants. It is made when green tea leaves are put through a natural lacto-fermentation process. This increases the level of polyphenols and probiotics that are beneficial to gastrointestinal health.
Why You Should Buy from Myanmar
• Fermented tea from Myanmar is an innovative product on the market of the European Union (EU), fully in line with top health food trends.
• Fermented tea has a high polyphenol content, which has many health benefits (studies by Maung 2012 and He 2017).
• Fermented Myanmar tea contains double the amount of flavonoids of fresh tea leaves (Maung and He 2013).
• Six different ‘good’ bacteria are involved in the fermentation process, aiding the digestive system and controlling bile and mucus.