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Panda poo used to make world's priciest tea

Published On: Nov 15 2011 10:01:38 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 16 2011 09:43:55 AM CST
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File photo of a giant panda.

A wildlife exert in China is gathering some special panda-made ingredients to fertilize a new type of tea that could end up being the world's most expensive.

An Yashi, a lecturer at Sinchuan University, collects the valuable excrement from a giant panda breeding center in Chengdu, and said panda feces is rich in fiber and nutrients and creates a unique aroma for the tea blend, The Huffington post reported.

Yashi said the panda's stomach acids and enzymatic action only absorb about 30 percent of everything they eat, which creates a unique process to fertilize the tea plants. He believes that produces the perfect ingredients for the world’s rarest tea.

According to the publication, Yashi claims the tea can rake in upward of $36,000 per pound, and he's hoping to achieve a Guinness World Record with his first sale.

In related waste news, the world's most expensive gourmet coffee, Kopi Luwak, is made from beans that are eaten and digested by the Indonesian civet cat in Sumatra, Java. It sells for about $100 to $600 per pound, and can cost as much as $30 for a single brewed cup.

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