What is Bamboo Leaf's Tea Benefits?

What is Bamboo Leaf's Tea?

Bamboo Leaf's Tea (see photos below), from S. Korea, is not to be confused with Green Bamboo Leaf - Green Tea* which is from China. The distinctive tastes of the two teas are in no way similar, and the teas are derived from two different sources.

How is the tea made?

Bamboo Leaf's Tea is made from the leaves of naturally growing young bamboo leaves that are grown and gathered in the clean environment of Damyang-Gun, S. Korea. The processing involves roasting, steam boiling and scenting, which is described as a complex and sophisticated process.

How does it differ from green tea?

This tea is alkaline, and rich in fiber and protein. Unlike green tea, it is caffeine-free. It has a light golden color and a bamboo aroma. I received this tea set (see photo below) as a gift from a colleague, when I lived in Seoul, S. Korea; I find it to be a very light, smooth, refreshing tea. It has a distinctive bamboo fragrance, and a bamboo taste as well. Although, it may resemble a brewed green tea in appearance, there is no mistaking the taste and aroma of this tea for a green tea.

You can re-steep the bamboo tea leaves once or twice and the leaves will not get bitter.

While most often sold in leaf form it can be purchased as a powder, and is also sold in tea bag form. Often the powdered form is used as a food additive.

Just how new is this tea?

Bamboo Leaf's Tea is new to the tea market. It was as recently as 1994 that research on the health benefits of bamboo leaves were conducted in the Department of Food Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Science at Chonnam National University in S. Korea. From 2000-2002, further research was conducted at the University into the medical effects of bamboo and the use of bamboo leaves in food.

On December 23, 2002, patents were applied for; this was for bamboo leaf beverage and bamboo leaf tea. In November 2003, a factory was opened and production was started.

As a tea drinker, it is always nice to find a new tested tea. However, I have not been able to find it in New York City as of yet; when I request it, often people confuse it with the Chinese tea. The factory, 'Bamboo Health NARA' in S. Korea, that produces the tea, remains in Damyang-Gun, which is in Chullanam-Do and so far the website is only in the Korean language.

*Green Bamboo Leaf - Green Tea (aka Zhu Ye Qing) is a green tea, first grown and produced by a monk near the top of Emei Shan, a famous Buddhist mountain. It is called Green Bamboo Leaf - Green Tea, because of its bamboo leaf shape not because it is actually made from bamboo leaves.

See links below for more tea information, both true teas and infusions:

Bamboo Leaf's Tea

Bamboo Leaf's Tea
Bamboo Leaf's Tea | Source
Bamboo Leaf's Tea Set from S. Korea
Bamboo Leaf's Tea Set from S. Korea | Source

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Jay 7 years ago

If you are still searching for Bamboo tea, we sell natural Bamboo tea (leaves and not powder) on our website www.casadiculture.com 25grams for 6usd:) Enjoy!


paul 7 years ago

Hi, what a nice hubI agree that green tea has many benefit for health,beside made long life for human body it's goodfor every people ,every age.Have Nice day


TeaTea 7 years ago

Yes, this is not to be confused with green tea - it is not. It has a smokey grassy smell - I bought it in Korea. It has a very distinctive taste and is made from bamboo - thanks for making this clear.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi TeaTea, I also bought my tea in Korea - haven't seen it on the shelf here and I agree with you about the taste and grassy aroma.

Paul, I'm glad you liked this hub.

Jay, I will check out the website you recommended - thanks!


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charm_baker 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Thought provoking hub BKC. I find it interesting that the bamboo taste and flavor is actually appealing. I would love to find some of this tea, just to try it, out of curiosity's sake. I know what bamboo smells like, but I can't imagine what it tastes like, nor if the taste would be enjoyable. Oh well, live and learn. Thanks for the info.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi charm-baker!

It is hard to find this bamboo tea here in the US. Many folks think they have it but it is the green tea that looks like bamboo leaves as I mentioned in the hub.

It was given to me as a gift when I was in S. Korea. It has a bamboo smell and a nice taste. Bamboo is supposed to be good for detoxing the environment when it is turned into charcoal. I'm thinking the tea is supposed to have the same effect.

Thanks for commenting!


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meteoboy 6 years ago from GREECE

Very interesting hub.I like very much to drink green tea.But i did not know about the differences.I will try to find bamboo leaf tea from South Korea.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yes, I find there is a green tea called bamboo leaf tea - but only because of the shape not because it is from bamboo. Hope you like it!


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Terrylee5151 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Hmm.. I have never tried this tea.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It's quite unique. You may like it - but I haven't found it in my usual shops here in NYC. I'll make the rounds again soon and see if it's shown up.

Thanks for writing!


josé 6 years ago

A friend brought back some bamboo leaf tea from Sichuan in China. Looking in the web, it becomes confusing. Many sites (like this one) refer to a Sichuanese "bamboo green tea" that is actually a form of green tea.

I love green tea, and have a half-dozen different varieties from China and a couple from Japan. But this bamboo leaf tea from Sichuan is -definitely- not green tea. It doesn't taste anything like any of the green teas, and has no caffeine (I drink it at night). The leaves look exactly like the pic above (except that there are no yellowish ones in my sample). The package had a drawing of bamboo leaves (though that could just be marketing).

Does that mean that they're now growing bamboo leaf tea in China too? I'll have to ask my friend if that is a traditional practice there.


josé 6 years ago

A friend brought back some bamboo leaf tea from Sichuan in China. Looking in the web, it becomes confusing. Many sites (like this one) refer to a Sichuanese "bamboo green tea" that is actually a form of green tea.

I love green tea, and have a half-dozen different varieties from China and a couple from Japan. But this bamboo leaf tea from Sichuan is -definitely- not green tea. It doesn't taste anything like any of the green teas, and has no caffeine (I drink it at night). The leaves look exactly like the pic above (except that there are no yellowish ones in my sample). The package had a drawing of bamboo leaves (though that could just be marketing).

Does that mean that they're now growing bamboo leaf tea in China too? I'll have to ask my friend if that is a traditional practice there.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know jose - China may be growing the actual bamboo leaf's tea now. I got my tea as a gift in Korea over 2 years ago so it may be marketed in more places than just Korea now. I will check one of the Chinese markets here in NYC.

It does have a very distinctive taste and aroma so it sounds like you have it. Hope you are enjoying it!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

wow, never heard of this one BK, it should be available at Asian store? Maita


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I haven't seen it yet in Asian stores here in NYC, Maita.

When I wrote this awhile back I could not even find it online except on Korean websites and sold in Korea. I'll have to take another look - it's no longer brand new and may be exported now. I was in a Korean market two weeks ago and it was not there - but I forget that Korea adheres to the 'in season' principal and it may not be a winter tea.

But we have to be careful because there are Chinese bamboo teas on the internet - but it's green tea that looks like bamboo. The Korean bamboo tea is made from bamboo.

Thanks for asking - I will check today online!


lade 6 years ago

can bamboo leaf tea act as slimming tea, just to reduce fat


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learnlangwithease 5 years ago

What's up, I check your hub on a regular basis. Your writing style is awesome, keep it up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the lovely compliment!


soleilnyc 5 years ago

I just bought myself a tin today and was googling to find out more about it, and found your site! Just so you know, I bought it at Harney and Sons on Broome between Broadway and Crosby, and it's delicious ($6 a tin)! Hope you get your fix soon, and happy drinking!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much soleilnyc! I had no idea it could be found locally. And thanks so much for sharing that information. Yay! I'll look into it.


Shanti Pierce 5 years ago

Hi, I make Bamboo Leaf Tea and have in offered for sale on Etsy and Ebay. I also have a facebook page with information about the tea. I grow, pick, and process the leaves by hand here in Florida and I don't use any chemicals so my product is organic. My tea was just tested and it contains approximately 350mg of silica per cup!!! thanx shanti


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

This is certainly interesting Shanti Pierce. You know how often I have been directed to a site about Bamboo Leaf's tea - but once again it turns out to be the Chinese green tea that looks like bamboo and thus the name but it is not made from actual bamboo.

We need that silica!

I'm going over to Etsy and eBay to take a look.

Thank you!


Kristina 5 years ago

I've just found a delicious bamboo leaf tea at David's Tea in Canada. It has a bamboo leaf base, and uses strawberries, pink peppercorns, and mallow blossoms to add a nice light flavour to it. Check it out! It's called Blazin' Strawberry. www.davidstea.com


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Sounds really good. Thanks Kristina. I also checked the website from Shanti Pierce (above) on Etsy and she does make the tea!

Thanks for the info. I'll look.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Sounds really good. Thanks Kristina. I also checked the website from Shanti Pierce (above) on Etsy and she does make the tea!

Thanks for the info. I'll look.


Mac 5 years ago

I discovered Bamboo Leaf's tea at the farmers market in downtown Orlando. Shanti Pierce was there selling it. Her farm is a short drive from there. I had the unsweetened tea and noticed it had a natural sweetness. A very enjoyable tea.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Mac - I looked up Shanti Pierce on her Etsy website sometime ago. Looks really good. I leave this information here so others can see that she is actually using bamboo - and not calling, what is actually a green tea, - bamboo.

Thanks for the recommendation. And Bravo! to enterprising Shanti.


Mark 5 years ago

Bamboo grows near my house in New Jersey so I just make my own tea and it's delicious.


Mark 5 years ago

You can purchase bamboo leaf tea at the website below:

http://www.goldenteahouse.com/Premium-Green-Bamboo...


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hmm bamboo in NJ - why not. I'd like to get my hands on some of the fresh and make my own tea.

Thanks for the link, Mark - I'll check it out.


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alagarsamy 4 years ago from Chennai Tamilnadu India

This is very exciting news for me since i grow Bamboosa vulgaris in my lands...i used to get pleasant surprises over the growth every week..it is amazing ,,i have 100 plants with 15 brances in each every Bamboo ,,,tree or grass,,,it is exciting subject...now i will focus my wish to make many things from Bamboo ...I wonder the way Koreans Tea

with best regards

alagarsamy

www.mgrbiodiesel.com

India

S.A.Alagarsamy


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm so glad alagarsamy that you found this information so exciting. I hope you will write about all you create with bamboo. I'm going to check out your website and hubs right now.

Thanks for commenting!


Chandra Haekal 4 years ago

Thank you for your informative article about green tea

http://www.woodtropis.com/2012/01/what-is-bamboo.h...


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Chandra Haekal. I'll check out your link. This tea is not green tea however. It is actually made from bamboo leaves.


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Aussieteacher 4 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Just doing some research on bamboo and the tea made from its leaves, so really pleased to find this interesting information. Thank you. D


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So glad you found the hub Aussieteacher and now I have found you - yay!


Shanti Pierce 4 years ago

Hi everyone just be careful about the difference between Bamboo Tea (a green tea stored in a bamboo culm) and Bamboo Leaf Tea (tea from bamboo leaves). The link to golden tree house is a green tea. Blessings to all.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for that tip Shanti Pierce! We do have to be very specific here - it is tea made from the leaf of the bamboo plant.


blewis 4 years ago

werw in dc can i buy bamboo tea


Alvis Song 4 years ago

I am a Bamboo leaf factory , it is very good for our healthy ,I wish We can make progress,My bamboo leaf wider for yours ,If you need ,I can send samples to you , thank you

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