Yin and Yang.
Each side of the equation balances out the other. The combination of Peach and Apricot follows the same principal – well kind of anyway. According to Chinese folklore, peaches are a potent symbol of long life, conferring longevity on all those who eat them. This belief stems from ancient legends that tell us the fruit was a favorite of the 8 Immortals, divine beings who populated Chinese myth. In the legends, one of the 8, Yu Huang, also known as the Jade Emperor was married to a woman named Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the West. Xi Wangmu owned a tree that produced peaches of immortality that she would serve to Yu Huang’s immortal companions during an annual feast known as Pantao Hui, or the Feast of Peaches.
So, peaches stand for long life, the Yin of our equation. What then about our Yang, the apricot? Well, according to Chinese tradition, apricots are a symbol of cowardice. (Good thing they taste so deliciously sweet!) One could argue that it takes courage to live a long life, courage being the opposite of cowardice. So then cowardice is the opposite of courage…ok, maybe it’s a bit of a stretch. Whatever the case may be, the combination of peaches and apricots together is heavenly. The combination of peaches and apricots blended with a top grade Pai Mu Tan tea from Fujian even more so. Delicate hints of citrus finish with faint lingering notes of honey layered over the thick jammy character of this full-bodied tea. Pour yourself a cup and ponder the nature of a long life courageously lived!
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