Ning Hong tea (宁红, Níng Hóng) is a kind of Chinese black tea and belongs to Gongfu black tea. It is native to the Xiushui County of Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province.
The Xiushui County is called Ning Zhou in ancient times. Hong means “red” and black tea looks red, so it is called “Ning Hong”. Ning Hong tea is a specialty of Xiushui County and is also a national geographical indication agricultural product.
As far back as the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Xiushui County was rich in tea and began to produce black tea in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). By the middle of the 19th century, Ning Hong tea had become a famous black tea.
Table of Contents
- History of Ning Hong Tea
- Growth Environment of Ning Hong Tea
- Characteristics of Ning Hong Tea
- Benefits of Ning Hong Tea
History of Ning Hong Tea
Xiushui County has more than a thousand years of tea production history. Ning Hong tea first appeared in the early 19th century and is earlier than Keemun tea.
By the middle of the 19th century, Ning Hong tea had become a famous tea and sold well in Europe and America.
From 1892 to 1894, Ning Hong tea gradually entered its heyday in the international tea market. At that time, the tea exports of Xiushui County accounts for one-tenth of that of China.
After the founding of New China, Ning Hong Group Company had complete equipment and advanced technology. It had become the largest professional factory of black tea production in Jiangxi Province.
In 1958, Ning Hong tea sold to the former Soviet Union was evaluated by foreign experts and reached the national high standard of black tea. In the same year, high-quality Ning Hong tea was sent to the State Council of China as a gift tea.
In order to meet the demand of the modern market, Ning Hong weight loss tea was invented by Jiangxi Ning Hong Co., Ltd., which is the sublimation and development of Ning Hong tea.
The company utilizes Ning Hong tea’s inherent effects together with cassia seed and hawthorn so that the traditional culture of Ning Hong tea can be integrated into modern weight-loss and health care.
Growth Environment of Ning Hong Tea
Xiushui County has a subtropical humid monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons, abundant rainfall, annual precipitation of 1,577mm, an annual average temperature of 16.5℃.
Mountains in Xiushui are undulating and become the natural barrier for the outside world and Xiushui Country. The forest coverage rate is 67.6% and the soil is rich in nutrients and has good permeability. Influenced by the landform, clouds and mists are more, and the air is fresh like natural oxygen bar, which forms a unique natural ecological environment for the growth of Ning Hong tea.
Characteristics of Ning Hong Tea
The picking standard of Ning Hong tea requires that the fresh leaves should be fresh, tender, and strong. Most of them are one bud with one leaf or with two leaves. The size and length of the leaves should be similar.
The shape of Ning Hong tea is thin and tight, with black and yellow color. It has a long-lasting fragrance, fresh and mellow taste, and the color of the tea liquid is bright and red.
According to its shape, color, and quality, Ning Hong tea can be classified into seven grades. The special grade Ning Hong tea leaves are covered with golden hairs. This high-quality Ning Hong tea is called Ning Hong Golden Hair.
Benefits of Ning Hong Tea
- Help digestion
- Increase appetite
- Strengthen bones
- Inhibit cardiovascular disease