Lao Sericulture Company in Xieng Khuang province is now selling organic mulberry tea as a health tonic, but cannot keep up with demand due to a shortage of mulberry trees.
Company manager Ms Bouavone Chandaseng told Vientiane Times on Monday that organic mulberry tea is loaded with essential nutrients and antioxidants and drinking it will help people live a longer and healthier life .
The company has established markets in the capital, as well as in Xieng Khuang and Luang Prabang provinces. They hope to sell the tea to markets in Japan, Canada and the US, but are currently unable to because of short supply.
“At present we are only selling tea in local markets. We can produce over 1,000 boxes per month, but this is still not enough to satisfy demand,” Ms Bouavone said.
She said the mulberry tea products were certified by the Food and Drug Department of the Ministry of Health. “People choose to buy from our company because they can be sure our produce is purely organic,” she pointed out.
Delegations from both domestic and international groups are visiting her company, with the product generating considerable interest. “We want to be a leading manufacturer and exporter of mulberry tea in the future,” she said.
There has been interest not only from Japan, Canada and the United States, but also from Germany, France, and Australia.
“Most drinkers are women who weigh more than they would like, because our mulberry tea can help control body weight and fat, decrease cholesterol, and lower blood sugar levels,” Ms Bouavone said.
The leaves of the tea are a deep green but when brewed the tea is a pale green and tastes slightly sweet. It has 25 times more calcium than milk and 10 times more iron than spinach. One tea bag per day is the recommended amount.
“Drinking this tea is particularly good for the kidneys,” she added.