Jasmine Green Tea with his dream
Hengxian is a famous “hometown of Chinese jasmine”. The annual output of jasmine accounts for 80% of China, 60% of the world, ranking first in the world. At the same time, Hengxian is also the world's largest production and processing base for jasmine tea.
In the annual flower-harvesting season, flower growers celebrate the harvest and battle to pick the jasmine flower.
ZhangXu,37 years old,he has a dream of jasmine field, and after 15 years of hard work, he finally has his own jasmine field. Every year, he harvests jasmine himself with the workers. Because it is too busy, the flowering period of jasmine flowers is very short. It must be picked at the prescribed time to have good quality flowers to make jasmine tea.
He is picking jasmine.
The jasmine he chose is according to his customer's jasmine tea standard.
His family has 3 acres of jasmine fields and can pick nearly 40 pounds of flower buds a day.This is the main source of income for his family. Therefore, he is very cherished and grateful for this jasmine flowers. And this jasmine flower field has raised two of his children. He hopes to run this jasmine field all life, and his children are very proud of this jasmine field. In the future, his children will grow up and their wish is to make this jasmine field bigger and more jasmine flowers.
Zhangzhou is an experienced flower grower who can keenly capture the subtle changes of jasmine in different periods: June is soft and sweet, and in July there is sweet honey. After August, “longan incense” and “ The sugar candy is also gradually appearance.
Only the flowers from 9am to 3pm in summer are the freshest and most fragrant. Although the sun is very hot, he and workers must hurry to complete the picking work.
Picked jasmine flower buds are still breathing. Before delivery to tea factory, ZhangXu has to work conscientiously to complete “flower protection mission”: carefully put the jasmine flower buds into the bamboo basket or the airy mesh bag (do not use non-breathable plastic bags), each bag should not exceed 10 kg, there is also a ventilator between bags.
Jasmine aroma is fleeting, it’s not easy to keep it in tea for a long time.
Tea can withstand long-distance, but jasmine flower picked, life expectancy is measured in hours.
Picking and transportation can generally be completed before sunset, and it is already in the evening after delivery to a tea factory.
At this time, tea people making jasmine green tea just begin, this is another complex hard works story.
Making jasmine green tea began to look for tea leaf in early spring, and the most important steps were to wait for the summer jasmine to appear. From picking jasmine to mixing tea, there is no one process that is not accustomed to the habits of jasmine.
Flower farmer has to pick up jasmine flower when its aroma is high and sweet；it is time to mix tea when the flower begins to spit.
Tea selection depends on tasting and tea variety.
Unfortunately, these two time nodes are not very friendly to flower farmers and tea master: picking flowers is in the hottest afternoon and making tea is in the most sleepy night. This kind of fine work, the machine can hardly replace.
Every jasmine tea you drink is condensed with the efforts of flower farmers and tea masters.