Kuding Tea

Kuding Tea

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Kuding is made from the leaves of a specific holly plant; and is popular throughout Traditional Chinese Medicine. “Ku” means bitter in Mandarin Chinese and “ding” means nail. It has been part of the Chinese diet in Southern China for 2000 years. Research has proven that it is a safe botanical to drink with no toxic side effects. The Chinese call it the ‘Ginseng of the Teas’ and consider it a health tonic. It has no caffeine. Kuding is a very bitter botanical and takes a while to get used to. There is actually a sweet taste after the initial bitterness, so it is worth getting used to. Each leaf is rolled into a twisted stick like shape.

It is used to ease pain and inflammation. It detoxifies the body and helps to reduce fat and lowers high blood pressure. It is also used for headache, eye illnesses, runny nose and helps to speed recovery from a cold. It is also effective for weight loss or maintenance.

Kuding contains 18 amino acids, water soluble protein, vitamin C, B1,B2, E, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu, and Se.

Take caution when preparing your Kuding Tea. Only one “nail” is needed to brew one cup of tea. Kuding can be brewed twice at 190 degrees for 1 minute. Any hotter or any longer will produce an unbearable bitter flavor.


Chinese kuding tea
Caffeine Level:
Use 1 Kuding "arrow" per 8oz/200ml of water. Heat water to 205F/95C and steep for 1-1.5 minutes.


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4 reviews
Quality    ****  90%

10/02/2016, 08:16

Quality    *****
For my first infusion, I steeped 1 minute, as suggested. Honestly, I did not think I would like it right away and I thought it would be one of those herbals we drink for its properties but definitely not for its taste (like dandelion is for me!). Well, I was wrong. I LOVE this tea. The second infusion (1 minute as well) was tastier. I can see why this tea could be helpful in alleviate symptoms of a cold, including sore throat, as it nicely coats the throat and you literally feel the cleansing effect. The aftertaste is also reminiscent of licorice.
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09/05/2016, 21:34

Quality    *****
My co-worker gave me some of the kuding tea I have to say it work.
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06/14/2016, 08:20

Quality    ****
Beware of the second infusion!
The first infusion produces a gentle, a slightly bitter yellow beverage (less bitter than coffee) - if you follow the rules from the label. Foolishly I assumed that kuding will react to a second infusion the same as teas do - producing a weaker flavour. I have infused the tea leaf for 60s and the liquid got colour of a rotten olive green and was so bitter that I barely managed to drink it. I gues the second infusion is the one that gives you all the health benefits since the leaf was not properly opened in the first one. Maybe try adding honey to reduce the bitterness.
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06/01/2016, 05:57

Quality    ****
It is not as bitter as I thought. I have brewed it for 60s (the leaf did not open). I waited for it to cool down and I must say it is not that bitter. It tastes a bit like chalk and there is some bitterness but is is far less bitter than most black teas from teabags and nowhere near espresso. I bought it for those days when I feel under the weather to boost my system (even if it is just a placebo, as long as it works!). Good value for money since 50g has 80 needles and each can be brewed twice so each cup will cost you 2.5 pence
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