Special Benefits of Certain Teas According to Chinese Tradition

What’s a good tea to serve with a specific food? Most teas can be served any time, but some have characteristics that make them particularly good in a certain role.

Jasmine After a strong tasting food, like seafood
Liuxi and Pu-erh After a meal with a lot of fat
Black tea With salty or sweet desserts
Bi Luo Chun With salty desserts

 

The following is a summary of the main health benefits of these special teas according to Chinese tradition. Many other teas, including black tea, can have similar effects, but these below have been singled out by convention.

 

WHITE TEAS  
Baihao Yinzhen Stimulates digestive tract, counteracts dampness, heat
   
GREEN TEAS  
Gunpowder Fluoride for teeth, bones
Liuxi, Pu-erh Constipation, regularity, after heavy meal
Lu’an Guapian Thirst quencher
Lung Ching Hot weather cooler
Lushan Yunwu Longevity
Mengding Longevity, general good health
Puto Fo Cha Diarrhea
   
OOLONG AND PU-ERH  
Dahongpao Longevity, generally beneficial
Liubao Digestion, dampness, fats
Pu-erh Digests fats, cuts cholesterol

 

– As described in the book, All the Tea in China
by Kit Chow & Ione Kramer (1990)