Tea culture has a long history in Korea. The Korean people drank teas made by steeping in boiled water the dried fruits, roots and leaves of herbs and trees with pharmacological effects, such as insam, senna, Schizandra chinensis and pine needles.
Among various kinds of teas is Unjong tea.
Unjong tea plants are cultivated in Kangnyong County of South Hwanghae Province and Kosong County of Kangwon Province and similar regions featured by temperature climate.
The leaves of the tea plant are harvested four or five times a year, and those from the first harvest are acknowledged to be the best in quality and quantity. In general, when there grow five fresh leaves, three of them are plucked, with the two left for the growth of new shoots.
The plucked leaves are processed in various methods, according to which they are classified into green and black teas.
Unjong tea with unique flavor and aroma is very good for health.
Experts say that this tea contains a rich amount of medicinal properties, essential amico acid, vitamins C and E, and other nutrients, so its regular drinking is very effective in preventing arteriosclerosis, hypertension and cardiomegaly, improving heart functions, relieving fatigue and retarding aging.
Many tea houses in Pyongyang and other parts of the country serve Unjong tea, making people enjoy more affluent cultural life.