Kenya Expanding Purple Tea Production
Kenya is the third-largest tea producer in the world. Almost all of the tea grown in the East African nation is exported.
Black tea is responsible for nearly all of the exports. But some Kenyan farmers have begun growing purple tea.
Purple tea was first grown near Mount Kenya, the country's highest mountain, in 2008.
The plant's color is a sign of a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin. Some people believe purple tea is better for your health than green or black tea.
Lilian Kerio is a biochemist at the Kenya Tea Research Institute.
"We have researched a lot on the health benefits from cancerous models to models that have undergone extreme oxidative stress, and we have seen that purple tea actually alleviates the stress in these cells and we have used that to educate our people that purple tea is actually good for your health."
The Kenya Tea Development Authority says Kenyan tea growers have received orders for purple tea from all over the world. It says the tea is being shipped to India, Japan and many European countries.
Lerionka Tiampati is the director of the Kenya Tea Development Authority.
"So as the market warms up to it and as more demand comes up, then we will expand the acreage under the crop but as it is right now, that is the process so people are getting used to it. But as I said, it is an upmarket product. It is not a mass market product so it's never really going to replace the CTC, or orthodox teas, that you see in the global market."
Only a few stores in Kenya sell purple tea, which has a sweet taste. People who try it often buy more.
I'm Christopher Jones-Cruise.
1.Purple Tea 紫茶
Up to the present, researches of the purple tea and its anthocyanins component are still few.
2.Black tea 红茶
My wife just gave me two cups of black tea to drink.
3.come up 发生
I'll inform you if anything comes up.
4.be good for 对...有益
Is single-sex education good for girls?
1."So as the market warms up to it and as more demand comes up,
warm up 热身；变暖
He waited for his car to warm up.
They would always come out and warm up the audience.
2.It is not a mass market product so it's never really going to replace the CTC, or orthodox teas, that you see in the global market."
global market 全球市场
Global market turbulence has triggered the biggest outflows from emerging market equities in more than a year.
Almost as important, they rely on a global market economy.
肯尼亚是全球第三大茶叶出口国 。东非国家种植的茶叶几乎全部都出口了 。
出口的茶叶以红茶为主 。然而，肯尼亚一些农民开始种植紫茶了 。
紫色茶叶含有丰富的抗氧化剂——花青素 。有人相信紫茶比绿茶、红茶更有益健康 。
莉莲·凯利奥（Lilian Kerio）是肯尼亚茶研究所的生物化学家 。
肯尼亚茶叶发展局称，肯尼亚茶农接到了世界各地的紫茶订单 。该局还表示，紫茶主要出口至印度、日本以及欧洲各国 。
勒里昂卡·提姆帕提（Lerionka Tiampati）是肯尼亚茶叶发展局主任 。
“随着紫茶走俏，市场需求量也越来越大，那么就要扩大紫茶的种植面积，而当下，人们也逐渐习惯了这一过程了 。就像我所说，这是一种高端产品 。这不是大众市场的产品，因此永远无法取代全球市场上的加工茶叶或传统茶叶 。”
肯尼亚只有几家商店售卖甜味的紫茶 。品尝过的顾客会购买更多 。