Seeker wrote:That sure looks like "Ya Bao". Thanks for sharing it.
So interesting the extremely low price. For "silver buds" oooooohhhh.
I don't know.
I remain very suspicious.
As soon as I get any new info or pics from my sources, I'll post.
zhi zheng wrote:They certainly look like ya bao and are big enough to be from wild trees -wild tree buds are likely to be a little larger than those from arboreal trees. In xishuangbanna the best areas for yabao are Nan Nuo Shan, Bulang Shan and Ba Da.
The quality can vary considerably depending perhaps on which sub-variety of tree it's come from etc... and, of course, how well it's been dried and stored.
When good it can make a rather pleasant drink, but one which, like Yue Guang Baiand tea flower, can seem to have little in common with 'tea' as most people know it!
zhi zheng wrote:Hi Seeker,
I've just had a look through my photos. I don't have one with yabao on a tree. I will ask around some friends......
In the meantime, I can send you a photo of some buds just after they have been picked which may get you a little closer. They are from a wild tree and we picked them ourselves.
Janine wrote:Here's a photo of magnolia flower buds (used in herbal medicine)