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Panda Poo The Secret Ingredient In World's Most Expensive Tea (VIDEO)


First Posted: 11/14/11 03:25 PM ET Updated: 01/19/12 05:57 PM ET

One may imagine that the world's most expensive tea might have some curative properties, but using panda feces as a fertilizer definitely seems a little bizarre. An Yashi, a college lecturer at Sinchuan University who is developing the tea, explains, "Pandas have a very poor digestive system and only absorb about 30 percent of everything they eat. That means their excrement is rich in fibres and nutrients."

Yashi believes that his tea blend may be able to fetch up to about $36,000 per pound. He collects the excrement from a panda breeding center in southern China.

Somewhat similarly, the world's most expensive coffee comes from the droppings of the civet, a cat-like mammal. Who knew that feces could be the key to such delicacies?

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