Zongzi tea, a type of tea that comes wrapped in the shape of the traditional Chinese delicacy zongzi, is gaining in popularity in China as the new wrapping technique gives the product fresh appeal.
Pyramid-shaped zongzi are made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings that are wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. The sticky food is eaten to celebrate the annual Dragon Boat Festival.
Zongzi tea is made with Keemun black tea, which is wrapped in the same bamboo leaf that has long been used as food packaging to add a special flavor to the tea.
Jiang Xuexia runs a tea plantation and processing plant in Qimen county, Anhui province. She first introduced the new tea to consumers in 2018. The 35-year-old quit her job in Shanghai and returned to her home village of Xiejia in Qimen to help revive the black tea business in 2014…