Kuding Pearl Tea- leaves are plucked from the top three young and tender leaves of the Kuding bush. The leaves are then rolled into fairly large pearls. I recommend that you start with only one pearl (I started with 3... Not good) for steeping so it doesn't get too bitter. The Kuding bush is not technically a tea plant, because it comes from the Ilex Latifolia Thumb bush. This Holly bush is an evergreen that produces leaves 5-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. It is a relative of yerba mate (one of my favorites) from South America. Also known as bitter tea in China, its first taste is bitter, but its aftertaste is rather unexpectedly sweet. Kuding Pearl Tea is a cleansing tea that helps hypertension and is cooling in nature it's also known to aid digestion, and weight loss. It can be steeped three or four times with full flavor. Steep for one to two minutes with 180-190 degree water for a healthy and new beverage. Contains 2-4% caffeine which is about the same as a green tea. Others recommend using less leaves at first with quick steeps to introduce yourself to this different herbal tea, I agree. Hales from Guangxi, China.