Chinese name: 碧螺春（bi luo chun）
Type: green tea
Planting region: Dong Ting Mountain, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, southeast China
Biluochun is a traditional Chinese tea of more than 1,000 years. Superior Biluochun appears to be green and covered by a layer of white hair. The shape is slender or curled like a snail. After brewing, the tea water is green and clear, giving off a strong pleasant fragrance; the fresh and thick flavor can last for a long time. This famous Chinese tea contains a lot of healthy compounds such as catechin, vitamin C and A, caffeine, flavanols, tea polyphenols, etc.
Biluochun tea belongs to green tea and one of the top 10 Chinese tea. It is a traditional Chinese tea with more than 1,000 years history. Produced in Dongting Mountain by Taihu Lake in Wu County, Suzhou City of Jiangsu Province, it is also known as Dongting Biluochun and Taihu Biluochun. It has many benefits to human body, such as losing weight, preventing decayed tooth, and delaying aging.
Why is it called Biluochun?
The dry tea, tight and curly like snails, slivery green with white hair, and picked in Spring, is hence called “Biluochun”, literally Green Snail in Spring.
Biluochun Tea Benefits
Biluochun tea contains many substances beneficial to people’s health, including Catechins, vitamin A and C, Caffeine, flavanols, and tea polyphenols. Their health care efficacies are listed as follows for your reference.
1. Keep excited
Tea caffeine can excite the central nervous system of human body, hence help people lift their spirits, improve thinking, eliminate fatigue, and improve working or study efficiency.
2. Lose weight
Compounds in Biluochun tea like caffeine, inositol, folic acid, pantothenic acid and some aromatic substances help regulate fat metabolism; TP and vitamin C can lower cholesterol and blood lipids.
3. Prevent cancer
Flavonoids in tea (mulberry pigment and catechins) have different degrees of anti-cancer effects.
4. Prevent decayed tooth
Tea leaves contain fluorine and fluorine ions and teeth calcium can trigger a chemical reaction and produce a kind of substance called “fluorine apatite” difficult in dissolving in acid. Thus it is just like adding a protective layer to the teeth, improving the teeth’s anti-acid and anti-caries ability.
5. Antibacterial, antimicrobial properties
Tea polyphenols (TP) and tannic acid can solidify bacteria protein to kill bacteria.
6. Diuretic effect
The caffeine and theophylline in tea leaves have diuretic effect, which can be used to treat edema and water-hysteretic tumor.
7. Prevent arteriosclerosis
TP and vitamin C in Biluochun tea have the function of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis and researches have proved that people drink Biluochun regularly have the lower risk of high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
8. Ease beriberi
Take a feet bath for about half an hour every night before going to bed. After a week, you will find your beriberi is improved a lot.
How to Choose Biluochun Tea
The Biluochun with good quality has special flower fragrance due to its geographical planting environment where tea trees and fruit trees, blooming all season, are intercropped. After brewing, the tea leaves slowly stretch out and fall down to the bottom of the cup, and the tea soup appears to be bright, clear and green with the long-lasting mellow fragrance. Last but not least, the best Biluochun is processed from leaves picked around Qingming Festival in early April.
Biluochun Tea Price
Biluochun tea price can be varying greatly based on different qualities. The better the quality, the higher the price. For the best Biluochun tea, the price is usually about CNY 200 per 50 gram in China, while the price of the most commonly seen mid-level qualified Biluochun is about CNY 130 – 150 per 50 gram.