Lu An Melon SeedWikipedia: Lu'an_Melon_Seed_Tea
Updated: Aug. 30, 2013
About Lu An Melon Seed
Closeup of the dry leaf of Liu An Gua Pian. Photo by Alex Zorach of RateTea.
This style of tea is unusual, especially among more desireable varieties of tea, in that it uses the second leaf on the branch and does not include any tips, buds, or higher leaves. The central vein of the leaf is removed, and the leaves are then pan-fired over low heat and shaped into their final form.
Although most sources classify Lu An melon seed as a green tea, Silk Road Teas refers to it as a yellow tea, due to the fact that it is subjected to an extra steaming phase in its processing. We do not classify it in this manner, as the teas we classify in that way involve a slight oxidation, with the leaves sitting while damp, rather than additional heating.
Evan Draper points out the tea could be more aptly translated Lu An Melon Flake. His post on this tea goes into more depth about its production and origins, translating a key Chinese text.
1. Liu An Gua Pian Tea (Liu An Melon Seed Tea) Chinese Tea Culture, www.chinese-tea-culture.com, Retrieved Nov. 3, 2009.
2. Little Melon Seed (Lu An Gua Pian), Silk Road Teas, Retrieved Mar. 6, 2012.
3. Draper, Evan, 中国茶经: 六安瓜片 Lù’ān Guāpiàn, PluckTea, Aug. 27, 2013.
Best Lu An Melon Seed
The notion of the "best" Lu An Melon Seed is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Most Often-Rated Teas
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