Setting the record straight on raw pu-erh teas

Thank you for the nice article on healing teas [What’s in the Pot: A Peek at Asheville’s Fresh and Seasonal Teas,” Sept. 10, Xpress]. I am the owner of Panther Moon Tea Co. and would like to clear up an error in the article.

Ripe pu-erh teas are fermented for 75-90 days under controlled conditions. Raw Pu-erh tea naturally transforms over the years due to the presence of friendly microorganisms. Raw pu-erh is considered aged and at its prime after 10-20 years, but is often drunk as early as the year it is produced as well.

Sumitra D’Aragon


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