• Spring white tea harvest in Fuding

    Spring white tea harvest in Fuding

    We source many of Rishi's reserve-quality 1st Flush white teas from this garden in Fuding, the traditional origin of white tea in China's coastal Fujian province. White tea represents tea in perhaps its simplest, most noble form. Tender buds and sprouts are plucked in early spring, then simply withered and dried to preserve and celebrate their exquisite character and delicately sweet flavor. The best white teas are produced using select tea bush cultivars, such as the Fuding Da Hao cultivar seen here. White teas get their name from the downy, silvery-white tea leaf buds that are covered in "tricomes," which are tiny hairs similar to those found on a peach skin. These bai hao ("white hairs") imbue white teas with a sweet flavor and soft mouthfeel.

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  • Balance of spring rains, cool mists and sun

    Balance of spring rains, cool mists and sun

    White teas are only picked on sunny days during the early spring harvest, which lasts from mid-March through April. Tea leaves plucked on rainy days are more muted in flavor than teas harvested under sunny skies. In ideal conditions, the weather will alternate with one or two days of early spring rains followed by several days of sun. This initiates photosynthesis and causes young tea leaves to sprout. The new growth is rich in amino acids and plant nutrients that were stored in the roots of the tea bush during its winter dormancy.

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  • Tender spring tea collection

    Tender spring tea collection

    When harvesting fresh leaves for white tea, it is important that the tea leaves and tea buds are handled gently to preserve their delicate character. These tea farmers in Fuding are collecting their tender tea leaves in small baskets to ensure that the tea leaves do not crush under their own weight, which would hasten the oxidation process and harm their exquisite spring-harvest flavor.

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  • One patch at a time

    One patch at a time

    The white tea gardens in Fuding are cultivated in carefully manicured rows of tea bushes, making it easy to harvest the bright green young tea leaves and buds. The hilly landscape and diverse ecology create many different zones within the tea garden, which flush at different times and are harvested plot-by-plot.

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  • Fuding Da Bai ready to pluck

    Fuding Da Bai ready to pluck

    Fuding Da Bai ("Big White") cultivar tea bushes, with their characteristic splayed bright green leaves, are ready to pluck in Fuding.

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  • Fuding Da Bai

    Fuding Da Bai

    This close-up view shows the Fuding Da Bai cultivar tea bushes, which have thinner tea leaves and smaller tea buds than the Fuding Da Hao cultivar tea bushes.

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  • Hard-pruned white tea bushes

    Hard-pruned white tea bushes

    As tea bushes mature, they grow more slowly than they did when they were young. Every 8-10 years, the tea bushes in this region must be "hard-pruned," or cut back to about 10-12 inches in height to regenerate and create healthy, vigorous tea leaves. After being hard-pruned, the tea bushes must rest one year before they are large enough to harvest again. They reach their peak between years 3-8 after each hard-pruning. Every 3-5 years, the bushes undergo a medium-pruning, in which the medium size branches are trimmed back. Finally, every autumn the tea bushes undergo a light trimming, in which the rough sticks at the top of the bush are cut back to create a flat, even plucking "table" for the following spring. The altimeter here reads 1,200 feet above sea level, or about 400m in elevation.

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  • Long Hua Temple

    Long Hua Temple

    Fuding Da Hao cultivar tea bushes, with their characteristic large, plump, skyward-pointing tea buds, spread out before a panoramic view of Long Hua temple and Fuding town below.

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  • Harvesting White Peony

    Harvesting White Peony

    Fuding tea farmer Ms. Li harvesting tea leaves according to the one-leaf-and-one-bud plucking standard for White Peony white tea.

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  • Hand-plucking technique

    Hand-plucking technique

    Ms. Hua demonstrating the proper technique for plucking spring tea: Grasp the tender stem, then pull up and across with a snapping motion. This ensures a clean break from the stem, which prevents the tea leaves will not oxidize too rapidly.

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  • One-leaf-and-one-bud

    One-leaf-and-one-bud

    Fuding tea farmer Ms. Hua skillfully harvesting tea leaves according to the one-leaf-and-one-bud plucking standard for White Peony white tea.

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  • Cultivar Comparison

    Cultivar Comparison

    The Fuding Da Hao (left) and Fuding Da Bai (right) tea bush cultivars are the most famous cultivars of the tea plant for making white tea. Fuding Da Hao ("Fuding Big Hair") is noted for its large, plump buds that point skyward, and is the ideal cultivar for making Silver Needle white tea. Fuding Da Bai ("Fuding Big White") has a smaller bud than the Da Hao cultivar, with wider, more splayed tender leaves that have a bright green appearance. Fuding Da Bai is one of the most treasured cultivars for making White Peony white tea.

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  • Fuding Da Hao cultivar

    Fuding Da Hao cultivar

    Notice the large, plump bud on this clipping from a Fuding Da Hao cultivar tea bush. Fuding Da Hao is the most treasured cultivar for Silver Needle white tea because its large buds are rich in amino acids and natural tea monosaccharides.

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  • Fuding Da Bai cultivar

    Fuding Da Bai cultivar

    Notice the wide thin, and splayed shape and bright green appearance of this tea branch clipped from a Fuding Da Bai cultivar tea bush.

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  • Bailin tea gardens

    Bailin tea gardens

    Tea gardens in nearby Bailin, another famous white tea growing region just one hour from Fuding.

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  • Bailin tea gardens

    Bailin tea gardens

    Rishi Tea's White Peony comes from mountainous tea gardens in Bailin, a coastal, high-elevation tea growing region in northeastern Fujian province. The combination of a montane climate, mineral rich soils (especially basalt), and the Fuding Da Bai cultivar lends our White Peony its unique charm and balance of sweet-umami flavor, smooth mouthfeel, and lush aromas of fresh hay with hints of fruit honey.

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  • Organic

    Organic

    Solar-powered bug zappers and yellow sticky paper pheromone traps eliminate the need for any pesticides in our organic tea gardens in Bailin.

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  • Organic

    Organic

    Buffer zones help maintain the purity of organic tea gardens by protecting against potential wind shift from conventional vegetable, fruit or tea gardens in the vicinity. Here, a raspberry bush grows along the edge of our tea gardens in Fuding.

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  • Verdant coastal mountains

    Verdant coastal mountains

    The high elevation tea gardens at Fuding spread out before Bailin town below.

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  • Spring harvest

    Spring harvest

    Tea farmer Ms. Yang plucking tea just before the Qingming Festival in late March. Ms. Yang is plucking just the tender leaves and buds of the tea plant, which can still be seen on the left row of bushes that have yet to be plucked.

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  • Kucai herb

    Kucai herb

    This culinary herb, known as kucai ("bitter vegetable"), grows near our organic tea gardens in Fuding. Tea farmers collect some kucai while they are plucking tea leaves to bring home and cook. Kucai is a condiment served along with other dishes, and helps to soothe the stomach with its cooling qi.

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  • Withering

    Withering

    Tea leaves harvested according to the one-leaf-and-one-bud as well as the two-leaves-and-one-bud plucking standards wither (air-dry) for 20–24 hours with assisted warm air circulation to make White Peony. Notice how the tea leaves are spread out in a very thin layer, ensuring that each "budset" withers fully and evenly.

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  • Withering

    Withering

    Fresh tea leaves from tea gardens in Fuding withering to make White Peony white tea. The tea is spread in thin layers to wither evenly. Aromas of fresh flowers and sweet fruits fills the room.

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  • New crop White Peony

    New crop White Peony

    Rishi Tea buyer checking the aroma of White Peony tea that is cooling after being dried in an oven. The tea is rich with fresh aromas of sweet grass, with subtle notes of fruit honey.

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  • Preparing for Qingming Festival

    Preparing for Qingming Festival

    Residents of Fuding visit the Long Hua Temple of Lotus Ridge in preparation for the Qingming Festival just days away.

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  • Long Hua Temple

    Long Hua Temple

    The Long Hua Temple of Lotus Ridge, above Fuding. The people of Fuding often claim that because the ancients established so many temples nearby, this must be a region with a very special, healthful climate.

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  • Long Hua Temple

    Long Hua Temple

    A mother lion and her cub stand guard outside of the Longhua Temple, keeping evil spirits at bay.

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  • Incense

    Incense

    Residents light fragrances in this incense stand all day to purify themselves and worship in preparation for the upcoming Qingming Festival.

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  • Tombs and tea trees

    Tombs and tea trees

    This ancestral tomb is set amidst tea bushes, halfway up the mountain at Lotus Ridge near Fuding city.

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