Lonely Planet Writer

World’s most expensive tea fertilised by panda droppings

A panda cub.
A panda cub. Image by Marc Blickle / CC BY-SA 2.0

Farmers in China’s Sichuan province have begun harvesting a new tea set to become the world’s most expensive. The secret ingredient: the tea plants are fertilised using giant panda droppings. The crop was planted in 2012 by an entrepreneur who believes the tea promotes many health benefits due to the fact that pandas expel 70% of the nutrients they consume. The tea will be sold for USD$35,051 for just 500 grams, making it among the world’s most expensive. Read more: chinadaily.com.cn