I have a good friend, or rather pen-pal, that when I told him about how good this one liu-bao made me feel, he emailed back "warning" me. After a few conversations, I found that he was telling me never go in search of aged tea. Penicillium digitatum, or green mold, he said, is very common in most aged teas. Improper storage is all too common in the world, and green mold grows easily and quickly. In fact he went on to say that tea was never made to be aged and I should go for other teas that are safer to drink.
My question is: Is this guy TOO scared? Is green mold as common as he made it sound like? Should I indeed stay away from all aged tea for safety measures? -e
It sounds like your friend is being cautious about what food he eats and that's a good thing. Is he TOO scared? Is he someone given to making rash statements or does he thoroughly research the things he says? Does he have strong opinions or strongly informed opinions?
I've heard that badly stored tea can have harmful mold but so can new tea if it has been stored improperly. So can wine. So can a thousand other food products that people consume every day.
I'd like to see some facts to support your friend's claims and opinions that p.digitatum "... is very common in most aged teas" , " Improper storage is all too common in the world", " tea was never made to be aged" and " never go in search of aged tea".
These extreme statements sound like one should never fly in a plane because it might crash. That aged tea is more likely to develop mold because it has been around longer is like saying the older a person is, the more likely they are to get sick. True but I'll wait for some facts before I decide to abandon aged tea based on your friend's views.