Kudin tea is one of the most famous teas of the Middle Kingdom, which has been going on for more than 2000 years. Translated from Chinese, "kudin" means "bitter herb", which, by the way, is true - the tea broth has a characteristic bitter taste, which, however, did not prevent it from finding a large number of fans among connoisseurs of the healthy drink. Chinese tea kudin is produced from evergreen subtropical broadleaf holly. How did gourmets know about such an unusual tea?
Useful properties of kudin tea
Bitter Chinese kudin tea is often used not only to quench thirst, but also to spur the body. It is not surprising. The beneficial properties of kudin tea are truly unique! In ancient Chinese scrolls, it was written that this broth "expels poisons," "calms anxiety," "clears the head and eyes" and "disperses the wind." In modern terms, kudin tea contains vitamins (A, E, C, D, B1, B2), trace elements (calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, manganese, potassium, sodium, magnesium, silicon, etc.), antioxidants, flavonoids (there are 10 times more of them in kudin tea than in its green counterpart). Omniscient scientists have come to the conclusion that plants are quite rare in the world that differ in a similar amount and variety of useful components. So, bitter Chinese tea kudin raises immunity, normalizes blood pressure and levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, helps to lose extra pounds, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, removes toxins and toxins from the body, cleanses the liver, improves vision, stimulates digestion, and tones. In addition, the beneficial properties of kudin tea include antipyretic, antibacterial, anti-cold, anti-viral, anti-stress effects. However, it should be remembered that people suffering from chronic gastroenteritis should not consume Chinese kudin tea.
How to brew kudin tea correctly
How to brew kudin tea correctly? To begin with, let us draw your attention to the fact that too often this tea should not be brewed, it is enough to prepare it two or three times a week, and your body will receive all the necessary nutrients. In addition, so that unpleasant wormwood bitterness does not appear in the broth, it must be brewed strictly according to the rules. Even one needle can be too many, so it is best to take half or even a third of a needle (or spiral) of kudin tea. In addition, if you pour boiling water over the broth, you will get a very bitter tea without any hint of aroma. Therefore, there is only one answer to the question "how to brew kudin tea correctly" - to observe the measure in everything!
So, to begin with, in a heated porcelain teapot, you need to put half or a third of a needle of kudin tea and pour hot water (80 ° C). The drink should be allowed to brew for a few seconds, drain the first brew and refill with hot water. Let the broth brew for a few minutes, and as a result you will get an exquisite drink with a slightly tart and rich taste and aroma, as well as a long, sweet aftertaste. They drink kudin tea from miniature cups.
There are two more ways to properly brew the pride of the Celestial Empire. In the first case, 3-10 grams of Chinese kudin tea should be soaked in cold water, and then pour 0.5-1.5 liters of hot water and let the drink brew for several minutes. In the second case, the same amount of kudin tea must be immersed in water right before boiling. This drink, like most Chinese teas, can be brewed several times in a row.
How to drink kudin tea
How to drink kudin tea? First, taking your time, enjoying every sip. Secondly, according to experienced gourmets, Chinese kudin tea does not need to be combined with sweets, cakes and pastries. It is primarily a medicinal decoction, so there is no need to mix it with anything else. The only exception may be a spoonful of honey. Kudin tea goes well with shu pu-erh.