Its smooth, clean flavour reminds some connoisseurs
of grilled chestnuts – but all agree that the long, slightly curled leaves
resemble peony petals when steeped.
Picked a little later in Spring from the same plants as
Fujian Province’s legendary Silver Needles, similarly
rare and sought-after White Peony produces a pale
orange tea of exquisite flavour and delicate aroma.
Steep in just boiled water at least five minutes.
The leaves may be used more than once.
(The least processed of teas, Whites are
believed to contain more antioxidants
than any other.)