Various ranges of teas available in Okinawa, among which "Sanpin Tea" has been daily drunk
since its introduction from China into Okinawa.
In Okinawa it's been accustomed to drink many kinds of teas such as herbal teas made
up by infusing herbs, green tea harvested in Yanbaru district (northern part of Okinawa) and Chinese teas since old days.
Among them, what the most commonly drunk is Sanpin Tea. Sapin Tea is a synonym to Jasmine tea, which is blended with Chinese green tea
and jasmine flowers and it is one of the China's representative teas. Sanpin cha (tea) in Okinawa was named after Chinese pronunciation of "Shaopiencha". It is said that Sanpin Tea was first introduced to Okinawa from China in 15th century of Ryukyu (Okinawa) Dynasty times on trading with China
Various kinds of herbs naturally grow in Okinawa so as to be called "Okinawa is a treasure spot for herbs". Okinawan herbs grown under strong sun ray include abundant antioxidants and functional
substances. The eating habits to make use of the herbs for cooking and
teas might play an important role for their wor renowned longevity. You'll
feel it strange to see the vending machines in which a range of bottled
teas are occupied by cornering Coke and Pepsi to the edge.
Herbal teas divided largely, their plant's leaves, roots and peels are
used for the teas. For examples, Gin-cha ( Leucaenaleucocephala) with abundant minerals and calcium, and Guava tea rich in polyphenols, are used with their leaves. And Ucchin cha (turmeric tea) with its peculiar flavor is used with its roots. For
the tea used with its fruits' peels in orange family we have Shikwasha, which is generally drunk as juice. and Goya (bitter melon) known as a healthy vegetable can turn to be Goya tea
with its seeds and peels
We have two main places of production for green tea. One is Oku district
located in Northern Okinawa for the brand of "Oku Tea" and the other is Yamagusuku district (or Yamashiro) in Central Okinawa for the brand of "Yamagusuku Tea". Okinawan teas attain fame for their flavor and nutrients for more catechins and polyphenols in Japan
How to enjoy Japanese Tea
Please click the left cover face for the brochure
on all about Japanese Tea with the bellow contents.
1. Would you like a cup of Japanese tea?
2. Principles for preparing delicous Japanese
3. How to prepare Sencha
4. Preservation method
5. Components of tea
6. Health and tea