Tea fertilized by the dung of Giant Pandas in southwest China's Sichuan Province has a local entrepreneur applying for a Guinness World record for the Tea's huge price tag.
An Yanshi, a local businessman and calligrapher, has been growing Panda Tea fertilized with Giant Panda dung since last November in the city of Ya'an.
An is charging 20,000 Yuan (about US$3,175.00) for each 50 grams (1.7 oz) of Tea, hoping to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records with his sky-high pricing. An said he plans to sell just 21 batches of Tea at 50 grams per batch each year.
An said he chose the price based on the Tea's restorative capabilities, which he claims are the result of using Panda dung to grow the Tea.
Pandas eat natural bamboo leaves without any additives, which makes their dung the best fertilizer. The Tea leaves also have an anti-cancer function, which I believe was strengthened by using such good fertilizer, An said.
Some people have compared the Panda Tea to Civet Coffee, a type of coffee that is made from the beans of coffee berries that are eaten by Asian palm civets and passed through their digestive tracts, He said.
Both are derived from dung, the taste of the coffee is changed during the digestive process, but the taste of 'Panda Tea' has not changed from the bamboo leaves.
Although some netizens insist that An created the Tea purely for financial gain, he has stated that he grows the Panda Tea not just out of profit considerations, but also as part of his passion for environmental protection.
Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr.
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