Bamboo has long been touted for its contribution to sustainable development.  Real estate developers in Asia use bamboo for scaffolding, bamboo fibers make their way into moisture-wicking clothing, and now the resilient plant shows promise for nanotechnology applications.  Some bamboo varietals are edible, and now a Korean company is pushing a new product:  bamboo leaf tea.  Korea may be on the cusp of providing the world with the latest and greatest beverage.

Bambusland promoted its varieties of bamboo leaf tea in the Korean Pavilion at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim last month.  Researchers have explored the efficacy of scaling the product since the mid-1990s, and for several years, Bambusland has sold its product in Germany and Switzerland.

The company sources its bamboo leaves in Damyang, a county in Korea’s Chollanam-do in Southwest Korea, a region well known for its contribution to Korean cuisine.  Only a few varieties (sasa and palmate) bamboo are harvested to make the tea, and even then the harvesting period is only four to six weeks.  The 11-step process turns the raw material into a light and delicious drink, which I was lucky enough to sample while I spoke with Bambuland’s reps during my day in Anaheim.

Bambusland's bamboo leaf tea

Bambusland's bamboo leaf tea

The taste is similar to green tea, only with less tannins and without caffeine.  Bambusland promises a bevy of healthful benefits, from antioxidants to combatting cold symptoms to aiding the digestive tract.  Whether you drink it plain or flavored (vanilla is my favorite), bamboo tea is a nice alternative to drinks like coffee, tea, or mate that leave some of us more than wired.

Bambuslands also manufactures body products like bath salts, masks, and a “vitality patch.”  The products are easier to find in Europe.  I have not seen the product yet in Los Angeles’s Koreatown, but the teas are refreshing and deserve shelf space at your favorite store.  If you are interested in carrying the product, you can contact Bambusland here.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.