Gunpowder green tea is a particular variety of green tea from the Camellia sinensis plant that is prepared slightly differently and therefore may have unique properties and health benefits. The leaves are rolled into tight, small pellets, resembling the old style of gunpowder pellets, which can explain the name.
This preparation seems to allow the leaves to retain far more of their nutrients, possibly including a slightly higher caffeine level than other green teas. Some high-quality gunpowder green teas can be stored for more than a decade, plausibly without losing their potency or flavor. The color of this tea is slightly more yellow than other “green” teas, and the flavor is smoky, earthy, or even metallic, at times.
There are a number of varieties of gunpowder green tea, but most seem to provide similar health benefits, due in large part to the polyphenolic compounds, and perhaps also the catechins, and alkaloids in the leaves.
Gunpowder green tea May help with obesity, diabetes, fatigue, chronic disease, indigestion, colds, flu, infection, coronary heart disease, and highas it may help in improving some of these conditions. The caffeine content found in gunpowder green tea can make it an excellent energy booster, particularly for those who want to avoid the acidity of coffee.
A number of factors combine in gunpowder green tea to aid weight loss efforts, which may include caffeine, catechins, and theanine. These three can work together to perhaps give thea boost, which may increase the body’s ability to burn fat efficiently.
2 tsp gunpowder green tea pellets
8 ounces water filtered
Bring the water up to a boil.
Remove the water from heat and allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes (target temperature = 165 degrees F).
Add the pellets to a ceramic teacup and then pour the water over the pellets. The pellets will quickly begin to unroll into longer tea leaves as soon as they come in contact with water.
Allow the mixture to steep for at least 60 seconds.
Strain the mixture, or leave the unrolled pellets in the water for an even stronger brew!