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Speedy Farm: The Effects of Tarajo Tea

Speedy Farm: The Effects of Tarajo Tea

At the end of last year, I learned via Seijun Nishihata’s social media that the trees planted in Yoyogi Village would be sold when the mall closed, and I came across the Tarajo holly, a tree whose leaves were once used as postcards. Apparently it grows naturally to the west of the Kinki region in Japan.
I had 6 of these trees transported to Okinawa and planted them at the farm.

The Tarajo holly was an especially cherished plant often found at shrines and temples. When you scratch the leaves, clear black lines appear, so they were used for writing sutras during the Heian Period in Japan. When they are held over a fire, a black pattern emerges, which was used for fortune telling.

I did a little more research and found out that the Tarajo holly was used for making “Kuchocha,” a beloved tea from southern China. The origin of the name comes from the Chinese words “ku=bitter” and “cho=twisted,” but it is also referred to as “single leaf tea” due to the way a large single leaf will furl into the shape of a long thin rod.

Kuchoucha is a health tea with a long history that has been drunk in China since ancient times. It is also called “slimming tea,” “beauty tea,” and “longevity tea” due to its many health benefits. The effects are quite amazing!

・Anti-inflammatory Effects: Effective in reducing fevers and suppressing coughs and bronchitis.
・Anti-aging Effects: Promotes beautiful skin and is rich in flavonoids to prevent skin oxidation (aging)
・Detox Effects: Relieves constipation and removes excess lipids in the blood.

I decided to try the tea from China before the harvest, so I placed an order right away…
Woahhhhh! It was so bitter and nasty! I couldn’t handle it!
You can’t know unless you’ve tried it.
I’ll just enjoy the leaves as nifty postcards.

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