Quality characteristics of Putuo Buddha tea
Putuo Buddha tea is a semi-roasted green tea that is picked around Qingming each year. The picking standard of fresh leaves is one bud and one leaf or one bud and two leaves, which are processed and produced through the processes of fixing, rolling, rubbing, and drying.
After the Buddha tea is made, it has a special appearance, tight and thin shape, curled in the shape of a spiral, and green and moist color. .
Introduction to the Origin of Putuo Buddha Tea
The peak of Mount Putuo, Mount Foding, belongs to the temperate oceanic climate. It is warm in winter and cool in summer, humid in four seasons, fertile land, lush forests, misty clouds and moist dew before sunrise. In addition, most of the tea trees are distributed on the sunny side of the mountain peaks and in the places where the mountains are sheltered from the wind, which provides a very advantageous natural environment for the growth of tea trees.
The Legend of Putuo Buddha Tea
According to legend, in the Tang Dynasty, the Japanese monk Huiqi came to China to study and got a Guanyin Buddha statue when he worshipped Mount Wutai. Later, he returned to China by boat with the Guanyin Buddha statue. When he passed the Xinluo Reef on the edge of Putuo Mountain, hundreds of iron lotus flowers suddenly appeared on the sea, blocking the way of the boat. The monk Huicai understood that Guanyin refused to leave China, so he said: “To prevent all living beings in our country from seeing the Buddha, we should build a shrine according to the destination.” Huiqi then abandoned the boat and landed, where the statue of Guanyin was left to build a temple.
Later, it was called “Putuo” because of the saying in the Huayan Sutra that the sound of good fortune visiting is in Putuo Luojia. Since then, Mount Putuo has become a dojo for the worship of Guanyin, commonly known as “South China Sea”. There are many temples on the mountain, including Puji Temple, Fayu Temple, Changsheng Temple, Pantuo Temple, Lingshi Temple and so on. The land on the mountain is owned by the temple, and the tea is picked and made by the monks, and it is used for the temple monks to worship the Buddha and the guests, so it is called “Buddha tea”.