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Jade Fire Green Tea (涌溪火青)

Region: Yongxi Mountain area, Anhui, China

Other Names: Jade Fire, Yong Xi Huo Qing, Yongxi Jade Fire, Yong Xi Green Fire, Huo Qing, Fire Jade

Jade Fire originated in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  As the story goes, a scholar Liu Jin, nicknamed Arhat, found a tea tree on Wantou Mountain in the Yong Xi mountainous area.  The tree’s leaves were white-green on one side and yellow-green on the other side.  Arhat called the tea tree a “Gold and Silver Tea Tree.” 

Arhat had never seen such a rare tea plant so he plucked its tender leaves and took them home where he pan fired and rolled them.  Arhat found that the tea had an exceptional shape that was bright and slightly dark green in color, with a flowery fragrance and a sweet aftertaste.  

Huo Qing became an Imperial tribute tea and its excellent reputation spread throughout China.  According to historical records, Yong Xi Huo Qing tea achieved its greatest popularity from 1851 to 1861 and the tea regained prominence again around the middle of the 20th century. Today this tea is still considered one of China’s treasures.