The name "Pu-erh" tea is derived from the region in China where this tea originated. Pu-erh tea is named after Pu'er County, which is situated in the Yunnan province of southwestern China. The tea has been produced in this region for centuries, and Pu'er County was a significant trading post for tea during ancient times.
The pronunciation of "Pu-erh" may vary, and you might also encounter alternate spellings such as "Puer," "Pu'er," or "Puerh." The name is often associated with both raw (sheng) and ripe (shou) varieties of Pu-erh tea.
Pu-erh tea has a rich history and cultural significance, and it is known for its unique fermentation process and the resulting complex flavors. The tea leaves undergo a microbial fermentation and oxidation process, contributing to the distinct characteristics of Pu-erh tea. The name reflects its connection to the specific region where it has been traditionally produced for centuries.
The Ancient Tea Horse Road, also known as the Southern Silk Road or the Southwest Silk Road, was a network of trade routes that connected the tea-producing regions of Yunnan in southwestern China with Tibet, India, and beyond.