In my hunt for new teas I am always on the lookout exotic new finds. And so, when I found this Wild Schisandra berry, I knew I found something special.
At this stage of my sourcing career, I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for finding the humble farmer who just so happens to turn out to be a master artisan. It is often these unknown farmers or wild crafters that have a true gift to offer.
In this case, Dong Chang Cai is one such artisan. Little known to the outside world, Dong and his family have been living peacefully in the mountains of northern China picking Wild Schisandra for many generations. Dong says that there is a particular time of the year and time day to pick the Schisandra that make it just right. He says that this knowledge has been passed down in his family, and that few other people (if any) actually know it. [Read more…]