Purple Leaf Tea is a cultivar of Camellia Sinensis (species) Assamica (varietal). It is called Purple Tea is because the bushes naturally grow purple leaves in Kenyan tea gardens. This is not a gmo plant; it is completely natural and part of the tea family (Camellia Sinensis Assamica). The reason the leaves are purple is because they contain super antioxidants: Anthocyanins. These are the same antioxidants that make other plants purple: like blueberries, pomegranates, and acai berries.
Over 25 years ago, the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya (TRFK) developed this new Purple cultivar and small-scale Kenyan farmers planted the seedlings in 2011. As a part of Purple Tea’s history, JusTea is introducing this unique tea experience to the world through efforts to promote local Kenyan farmers sustainability. With ethical fair trade practice and the ability to reach new markets, Kenyan farmers have an opportunity to provide us with the highest quality, organically grown, Purple Tea leaves available!