Meng Ding Gan Lu tea is a kind of Chinese green tea, produced in Mengding Mountain in Ya’an City of Sichuan Province. It is an ancient green tea in China and regarded as the pioneer of famous tea.
Meng Ding Gan Lu and Meng Ding Huang Ya are two famous tea in Mengding Mountain. Meng Ding Huang Ya is a kind of yellow tea.
1. History of Meng Ding Gan Lu
According to historical records, Mengding Mountain has a history of more than 2,000 years.
It is said that at the end of the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD), there was a Zen master in Mengding Temple who planted seven tea trees on Mengding Mountain.
These seven tea trees sprouted every year, although the output is very small, the tea could treat disease and had a function of health care. People called it “immortal tea”.
During the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Meng Ding Gan Lu was listed as a tribute tea. As a tribute tea, Meng Ding Gan Lu existed throughout the feudal era of China.
Until the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), Meng Ding Gan Lu was still a royal tea. The tea produced in the Emperor Tea Garden was used by the emperor to sacrifice God. Even the emperor could not drink it. Only the tea produced outside the Emperor Tea Garden could be drunk by the emperor.
Besides, there were many poets of the Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty wrote many poems to praise Meng Ding Gan Lu, which is also a symbol of the rise of Chinese tea culture.
After the founding of new China, the development of Meng Ding tea is faster. In 1959, Meng Ding Gan Lu was rated as the national famous tea.
2. Characteristics of Meng Ding Gan Lu
Meng Ding tea has been called “sacred tea”, which is famous for its high quality. Meng Ding tea refers to all tea varieties produced in Mengding Mountain. Meng Ding Gan Lu (green tea) and Meng Ding Huang Ya (yellow tea) play an important role in Meng Ding tea.
The fresh leaves of Meng Ding Gan Lu are tender and delicate. It was picked in the spring every year and the picking standard of the leaves is single bud or one bud with one leaf.
The finished dried Meng Ding Gan Lu is thin, curled and with white fluffs; the color of it is green with white.
After brewing, Meng Ding Gan Lu has a strong fragrance, which is initially like that of green leaves and slowly comes out a pleasant fragrance like that of orchid. The tea soup is clear and yellow-green; it tastes fresh and has a sweet aftertaste.
500 grams of high-quality Meng Ding Gan Lu needs 50,000 tea buds to be made. The tea buds mainly refer to one bud with one leaf. According to the quality, the price of Meng Ding Gan Lu is from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars per 500g.
3. Health benefits of Meng Ding Gan Lu
Tea polyphenols in Meng Ding Gan Lu have strong antioxidation, which can help to delay aging. Catechins in Meng Ding Gan Lu can help to inhibit cardiovascular disease.
In addition, catechins can prevent and assist the treatment of gastric cancer, bowel cancer, and other cancers.
Many kinds of amino acids in Meng Ding Gan Lu can remove the greasiness of the face, astringent the pores and reduce the damage of ultraviolet radiation on the skin in the sunlight, etc.
Caffeine in Meng Ding Gan Lu can stimulate the kidney, promote the rapid excretion of urine out of the body, improve the filtration rate of the kidney, and reduce the retention time of harmful substances in the kidney.
Meng Ding Gan Lu has effects on digestion and fat reduction, so it can help to lose weight.
The content of fluorine in Meng Ding Gan Lu is high, which is helpful for protecting teeth. If you drink 10 grams of Meng Ding Gan Lu per day, you can absorb 1 mg of water-soluble fluorine.
Meng Ding Gan Lu contains vitamin C and other ingredients, which has a positive effect on reducing eye diseases and protecting eyes.