Grown high in the Ya’an mountainous region of Sichuan China, the panda manure tea—or Panda Ecological Tea (PET) by its formal name—is said to be smooth, and offer health benefits because of the way that pandas digest bamboo in the wild—which leaves around 70% of the nutrients in their dung… Pandas eat wild bamboo and only absorb 30% of its nutrients. Locals dressed in panda costumes participate in the annual spring tea-picking festival in Ya'an, Sichuan Province, according the People's Daily. One of the most expensive types of coffee, the Kopi Luwak (its beans come from the poop of Asian palm civets), costs $80/cup. We use the latest and greatest technology available to provide the best possible web experience.Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings to continue. Salesforce acquisition of Slack: A fatal blow to Microsoft. “Just like green tea, bamboo contains an element that can prevent cancer and enhance green tea’s anti-cancer effects if it is used as fertilizer for the tea,” he told SBC.com. Mr Yanshi said: 'Pandas have a very poor digestive system and only absorb about 30 per cent of everything they eat. What makes it so peculiar? Poo power: Mr An has used 10 tons of droppings of these cuddly animals since 2011 to grow green tea. Cheap as chips! They’re so rare that they’re considered almost priceless. The brand has a huge and loyal patronage amongst readers for its sharp... Read More. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Its preparation is a long and meticulous process involving sun drying, oxidation, rolling and drying, then roasting and scenting. He promises drinkers they can expect 'a mature and nutty taste'. Yanshi says the tea has a very mature, nutty taste, and leaves a distinctive aroma while it’s brewing. The tea is believed to have cured the illness of the mother of a Ming Dynasty emperor, who then sent his men to find the origins of the tea. Maybe this organic tea qualifies as a delicacy but it may need more justification for its sky-high price tag. Pandas defecate them. Their production is tightly controlled by the government, and only a few hundred grams are yielded from the trees each year. “That means their excrement is rich in fibers and nutrients.”. The Tieguanyin tea is sold at a price of $3,000 for 1,000 grams. Foursquare © 2020  Lovingly made in NYC, CHI, SEA & LA, "A lot of ppl!!! An Yanshi, an entrepreneur in southwest China, grows organic Tea in Ya'an (Sichuan province) using tonnes of excrement from panda bears living at nearby breeding centres as a fertiliser. The comments below have not been moderated. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing. Each of these diamond studded tea bags cost $15,000. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Screaming mother is thrown off of flight to Beijing after... Childminder recalls 'waiting for police' after beheading boy, Dramatic moment Premier League ace Joe Willock crashes £140,000 car, Cheeky beluga whales steal aquarium cleaners' flippers, Shamima Begum lawyer: 'There's always a possibility she's a threat', 'Rocky' the Rockefeller owl is released into the wild, Moment huge Bengal tiger leaps at civilian as it attacks town, Bobo the pet monkey plays with toddler pal and cuddly toy, Earl Spencer 'formed own opinion' of Martin Bashir 'a long time ago', Obama says Trump 'exceeded' his worst concerns for the Presidency, Angry villagers attack herd of elephants with fire torches in India, Italian shopping channel gives tutorial on 'how to shop in sexy way', 'It's madness!' Or just because the seller is cunning and creative enough to charge more for this controversial concoction. Since he invented the tea in November 2011, An has collected 10 tons of panda droppings to fertilise the plantation. According to Yashi, those important nutrients end up in the tea through that fertilization process. All rights reserved.