Shimla, july 09 (QNN)
Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya in this town in the picturesque Kangra Valley has developed immune boosting herbal tea to combat Covid-19, scientists said . A tea processing unit has been operating in the department to manufacture organically certified and FSSAI licensed orthodox made tea green and black – up to 40, 000 kg per year. The tea contains scientifically proven antioxidant properties to help boost immunity against fungal, bacterial and viral diseases, Vice Chancellor Ashok Kumar Sarial told. The proposed value added tea bags are expected to help improve the immunity to a great deal and also to expand the scope of revenue generation to the university, he said.
University’s Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology has about 44 hectares of tea orchards spread over three farms.In a first-of-its-kind, the department is preparing medicinal and herbal-based value-added organic tea bags, department head Jai Dev Sharma told. To start with, four variants of organic tea green tea with tulsi, green tea with lemon honey, orthodox tea with mint, tulsi and rose and orthodox black tea with rose have been launched.Priced Rs 225 with a pack of 25 tea bags, the tea variants are launched under the brand name Dhauladhar Him Palam.
Sharma said initially the herbal tea, with higher anti-oxidant like epigallocatechin and epigallocatechin gallate, would be available in the campus sale counter. Later, it can be launched in the market.This tea is free from agro-chemical residues, he added.
Tea cultivation was introduced in and around the Palampur foothills in the Kangra Valley in the mid-19th century. The Camellia tea, planted by the British in 1849, grew so popular that tea from Kangra won a gold medal at an exhibition in London in 1886 for its superb flavour and quality.