Pre and Post Qingming in the world of Green Tea
Last week China worshipped their ancestors and ate Qingtuan dumplings during the Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Festival.
In the world of green tea cultivation, Qingming Festival marks a very important date.
As Qingming is celebrated in early spring, the very first 'baby' green tea leaves and sprouts harvested before the date of Qingming are considered the first and finest tea harvest of the new season; the renowned Pre-Qingming (Mingqian) teas.
Pre-Qingming teas are highly praised for their delicate and fresh flavours and aromas with high prices in the market. The unique gift from the very first harvest of the new year.
Especially Pre-Qingming Longjing tea (龙井茶, literally translated to Dragon Well tea) harvested in the West Lake area around Hangzhou is renowned for its unique quality.