Lu An Melon Seed

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Updated: Aug. 30, 2013 

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About Lu An Melon Seed

Lu an melon seed leaf, dark green
Closeup of the dry leaf of Liu An Gua Pian. Photo by Alex Zorach of RateTea.
Lu An melon seed, often written Liu An Gua Pian and sometimes with an apostrophe Lu'An melon seed, and sometimes just Guapian tea, is a well-known style of green tea from Anhui, China. The name "melon seed" references the way the leaves have an oval shape resembling melon seeds, after they unfurl during brewing. The dry leaf, on the other hand, has a rolled, cylindrical shape.

Lu an melon seed leaves steeping in a glass jugThe leaves show the characteristic melon seed shape upon brewing. Photo by PanShiBo, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
This tea tends to have a bold, strong flavor, especially relative to other green teas in its price range.

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

References:


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

Picture of Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
98
4 Ratings
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2010 Spring Handmade Premium Liu An Gua Pian

Brand:JK Tea Shop
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of ZG68: Organic Green Lu'An Melon Seed

ZG68: Organic Green Lu'An Melon Seed

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Anhui Emerald Seed

Anhui Emerald Seed

Brand:Adagio Teas
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Teas

Picture of Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
98
4 Ratings

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