Kenyan Purple Tea
Today, Kenya leads in the development and export of Purple Tea, a growing superfood in an increasing health-conscious world. Discover the benefits of this Mega-Antioxidant, Anthocyanin-Rich Beverage.
What is Kenyan Purple Tea?
Purple leaf tea in Kenya, is the result of a special tea variety developed over 30 years ago through selective breeding by The Tea Research Foundation of Kenya. It is said to have both black and green tea characteristics while boasting nearly twice the antioxidants of ordinary black and green tea.
Cooler conditions in the slopes of Mt Kenya and the Aberdares range (where you'll find some of the best purple tea), create the perfect growing conditions. This high altitude causes the purple tea plant to adapt and shield its leaves from damage by producing increased amounts of deep purple anthocyanins and polyphenols, the same powerful antioxidant that gives purple fruits and vegetables their famous health benefits.
Appearance wise, the tea bush has dark purple buds, thick leaves and stems with a hint of green. The infusion isn't always exclusively purple and the shade of colour and flavour is dependant on the variety, cultivation area and plucking period. The liquor is comparable in taste to Green Tea (mild and fresh flavour) with a more complex earthy flavour, that can be complemented by a fresh squeeze of lemon.
Processing Purple Kenyan Tea
The purple loose leaf is processed using the traditional (orthodox) method, which involves:
Purple Power Foods
The most effective components in Purple-coloured fruits and vegetables, contains anthocyanin a beneficial plant pigment which gives the deep red, purple or blue hues.
Through interspecific cloning, these have been introduced to some Kenyan purple tea cultivars leading to international attention due to its pharmacological properties.
Health* Benefits of Kenyan Purple Tea
Science is always ongoing, but preliminary studies have shown that anthocyanin found in Purple tea display a wide range of biological activities which include:
*Disclaimer: This for informational purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.