FOR ALL THE TEAS IN WESTERN CHINA
Martin visits the Pu-erh tea region and gains some 'hands-on' experience at the tea plantations.
Yunnan Province is well known for its tea production. Martin visits the famous Pu-erh tea region and gains some 'hands-on' experience at the tea plantations. In addition to picking tealeaves, Martin discovers how tea and tea products are processed and packaged. He learns to make the famous 'tea cake' - a brick of tea compressed into a round shape, which is then labeled, stamped and aged. At the tea museum, Martin views many historical teacakes and learns about their value and social significance. Finally, a local chef shows Martin how tea can be used as a cooking ingredient. He tastes and comments on two fabulous local tea dishes. Martin's Cooking Tip: Wrappers.