Farmer Grows Organic Tea Using Panda Poo
Yes. Panda Poo. A 41 year old former teacher and journalist An Yanshi, now a farmer who specializes in growing organic green tea that is fertilized with panda manure. An believes that using the panda’s manure will help fertilize the tea and in turn make a perfect brew of tea. An gets his panda manure at a nearby breeding center found in Ya’an in Sichuan Province.
However, according to An 50 grams of tea will be sold for a mind-boggling 22,000 yuan, making it the world’s most expensive tea. An says that most people use around 3 grams of tea leaves per cup and each cup of the world’s most expensive tea will cost you 1,320 yuan.
While people say that it is ridiculous to be selling tea at this price, An justifies the price stating that the profits that will be made from tea sales will be used as an environmental fund and he also assures that the next batches of tea will be sold with a lower price tag. An was wearing a panda suit during an event to promote his tea, where he offered his gratitude by thanking heaven and earth for blessing the environmental panda tea. Those who were lucky enough to get a taste of the tea said it was fragrant and smooth.
An said that he wanted to show people that turning waste into something useful by recycling and using it as organic fertilizers. A panda’s digestive system only absorbs 30 percent of the woody plant which is basically grass therefore 70 percent of the nutrients are passed on to the feces. The idea can also be compared to coffee beans eaten by the civet whose stomach enzymes make the brew less bitter.