Tea is such an inherent part of our lives. Take the sweet, milky tea that we drink every day or maybe that occasional sip of green tea when you’re worrying about fitness. Teas come in bizarre forms, cherished and consumed in different ways across the world. This month, we pay tribute to the many faces of chai!

Illustration of panda holding a cup of tea
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

A gift from the pandas

Why should dung and tea come together at all? However much it distresses you, panda dung tea is a reality. Before you let your imagination run wild — it isn’t as bad as you think! It just turns out that panda dung, which is very rich in nutrients, is used as the only fertilizer for growing this tea. There you go… organic tea at its very best. Want to buy some? Sure, it’s just $3,500 for 50 grams.

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.