Tea is perhaps China’s most signature drink, and as Chinese people pay more attention to food safety, the oil extracted from tea is also becoming popular in the country. Recently, Hangzhou Luyouyou, a Chinese producer of tea seed oil, announced in Beijing that it will make such oil for different customer groups, such as children, the elderly and pregnant women. The pale amber-green oil has a sweet, herbal aroma and is healthy due to low content of saturated fats and rich content of vitamin E and other antioxidants, according to Xia Chunhua, a researcher with Tea Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences…Full Article: ECNS.cn Nov 2015

Key Point

  • The technology for extracting oil from tea seeds has markedly improved over the past few years.

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  • In 2013, China produced 1.7 million MTs of tea-oil seeds. Hunan province produced 725,190 MTs or approximately 41% of the country’s total output. The next largest producer was Jiangxi at 412,339 MTs or 23% of the country’s output.
  • Chinese forest products include tea-oil seeds, pine resin, rubber, tung-oil seeds, and lacquer. Tea oil is used as a cooking (stir-fry) oil; pine resin is used for glue, water proofing, or medicinal purposes; tung-oil is used for wood finishing; rubber is used for a wide range of household and industrial products; and lacquer (sap from the Chinese lacquer tree) is used for wood finishing.
  • In 2011, Guangxi province produced 533,620 MTs of pine resin (46% of Chinese output) and 75,525 MTs of tung-oil seeds (17% of China’s output). Hunan province produced 516,808 MTs of tea-oil seeds (35% of China’s output) and 43,400 MTs of tung-oil seeds (10% of China’s output). Jiangxi province produced 427,212 MTs (29% of China’s output) of tea-oil seeds. Guangdong province produced 190,459 MTs of pine resin (16% of China’s output), while Hubei province produced 7,547 MTs of lacquer (40% of China’s output.

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