One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A high-quality black tea made from young leaves.
- ‘Tea that is classified as Pekoe is composed purely of the new flushes of the leaves - a flush being the flower bud plucked with two youngest leaves.’
- ‘She even stopped shaking after her silver-needle pekoe tea.’
- ‘The amino acid L-theanine, found in black, green, oohlong, and pekoe teas, stimulated T-cells, the body's first line of defense.’
- ‘Orange pekoe tea is not flavoured with orange.’
- ‘The researchers credit L-theanine, an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas - but not in herbal teas, which usually don't contain Camellia sinensis, the one true tea plant.’
Early 18th century: from Chinese dialect pekho, from pek ‘white’ + ho ‘down’ (the leaves being picked young when covered with down).
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