What Does Biodynamic Mean?
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. One of the first modern ecological farming systems, it emphasizes a sustainable approach to agriculture.
Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include an emphasis on integrating farm animals, the cultivation of crops, and the care of the land, the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost additives and field sprays, an emphasis from its beginnings on local production and distribution systems using local breeds and varieties and the use of an astronomical sowing and planting calendar.
History of Darjeeling Tea
During the British Raj, Darjeeling’s temperate climate led to its development as a hill station for British residents seeking to escape the summer heat of the plains. The development of Darjeeling as a sanatorium and health resort proceeded briskly. Arthur Campbell, a surgeon with the Company, and Lieutenant Robert Napier were responsible for establishing a hill station there. Campbell’s efforts to develop the station, attract immigrants to cultivate the slopes and stimulate trade resulted in a hundredfold increase in the population of Darjeeling between 1835 and 1849. The first road connecting the town with the plains was constructed between 1839 and 1842. In 1848, a military depot was set up for British soldiers, and the town became a municipality in 1850. Commercial cultivation of tea in the district began in 1856, and induced a number of British planters to settle there.
Unlike most Indian teas, Darjeeling is normally made from the small-leaved Chinese variety of Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, rather than the large-leaved Assam plant (C. sinensis var. assamica). Traditionally, Darjeeling tea is made as black tea; however, Darjeeling oolong and green teas are becoming more commonly produced and easier to find, and a growing number of estates are also producing white teas.
Green Tea and Your Health
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I loved it! It had a earthy taste which was very differnt from your store bought green tea. I actually gave samples to four other people and they loved it to. I will definately keep this one on my shelf. I also like the fact you give the history on the tea…thank you.
A nice smooth earthy tea! Gave samples to friends and family..they all loved it to!
I have tried many types of green tea, and I always return to this one as my favorite. I like its strong, multilayered flavor. It is not wimpy!!! Even friends of mine who don’t like green tea have given this one the thumbs up.
I agree with the previous reviewers about the earthy taste of this tea. It’s not a turn off but is very different from anything you’ll find in the store. When I want a green tea, this is going to be my go to choice.
This organic green tea is the best thing happened to me. It gives me so much “happy” energy that I quit drinking coffee. The taste is mild, not bitter. I have been sipping it all morning and early afternoon long. I keep recommending it to my friends. I love it! Thank you!
Kathryn (verified owner) –
I have been trying to drink green tea for a few months because of health reasons and just haven’t been able to force myself to drink it because I really haven’t liked the flavor until I found this tea. I just drank my first cup and it is absolutely amazing…no bitter taste at all, very smooth, just love it. It’s out of stock now….hope it comes back soon…I don’t know if it is a tea that is only available certain times of the year (I hope not!).
Mack (verified owner) –
This is the first green darjeeling I’ve tried. It’s good, though more like a black darjeeling than I was expecting. Worth a try if you like darjeeling but prefer it on the mild side.