During my long hiatus from blogging, I unfortunately missed the most important news story in recent years. I speak of the report by the venerable Bug Girl on Insect Poop Tea (虫屎茶, chóngshǐchá). This is a type of pu’er tea (produced mostly in Yunnan province) that is made from – you guessed it – insect poop. Specifically caterpillar poop pellets. Despite its hefty price tag ($250-$1000/lb), I hope to have the chance to try this delicacy. Such an intersection of my two major interests (insects and tea) simply cannot be turned down. I will be heading to Hunan, China in August to teach English for 11 months, and as Yunnan is quite nearby, I just may get the opportunity to have my insect poo and drink it too.
(Image from TeaChat)