Lu An Melon Seed (Liu An Gua Pian) Green Tea, Loose-Leaf in album tea

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Loose-leaf green tea showing large, curled leaves with a vibrant green color

May 28th, 2013, by Alex Zorach

This photo shows loose-leaf Lu An Melon Seed, also called Liu An Gua Pian green tea. The leaf has an intense green color and a somewhat dusty appearance. Looking close, it has a loosely rolled appearance, rolled into small cylinders. I don't quite see the supposed resemblance to melon seeds.

Lu An Melon Seed is a peculiar type of Chinese green tea which is made exclusively from the second leaf on the tea plant, and it has had the central vein removed from each leaf.

I haven't sampled many of these, but this one was top-notch: it was from TeaVivre, and you can read my review on RateTea, and you can buy this tea here; I recommend it highly.