Benifuuki is specific tea plant cultivar with a high level of a specific type of catechin: methylated catechin, that has been studied and shown to be effective in Japan for alleviating the symptoms of hay fever if drunk over a prolonged period. (Read more about this here.) Because of the high amount of catechin, it produces a deliciously medium-bodied black tea.
- Ingredients: Black tea
- Cultivar: Benifuuki
- Harvest: Summer
- Region: Oba Sorayama District, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
- Steaming: Asamushi light-steamed
About Takarabako Tea Farm
Established in 2003 as a subsidiary of the landscaping company, Matsuura-Zoen, Takarabako Tea Farm is located in the Oba Sorayama district in the southern part of Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The farmers conduct circulation type agriculture mainly based on tea and persimmon in addition to processing the crops and selling them directly to local consumers.
Today, Takarabako manages 7.4 hectares of tea plants, 3.0 hectares of persimmon, and another 2.0 hectares of other agricultural products such as blueberry, plum, perilla, etc. All agricultural products are cultivated with organic compost avoiding use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Tea and persimmon crops have been certified organic according to the Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS).
- President: Kouichi Matsuura
- Location: 728-6 Ōbachō, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 690-0033.
- Established: 2003 (subsidiary of Matsuura Zouen KK (landscaping)
- Employees: 5
- Eco-farmer certified by Shimane Prefecture
- Organic certification of JAS (Tea, Persimmon) for agriculture, processing and packing
- Local GAP certification by Shimane Prefecture
- Excellence Award for the 19th Japan Environment Preservation Agriculture Promotion Competition
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