Our State Rajasthan will very soon provide to India an alternative of green tea by serving Olive tea.
Rajasthan’s State Agriculture Mini. Prabhu Lal Saini said the brand — nominated Olitia, The Olive Tea — will be launched “very soon” in the Rajasthan by CM Vasundhara Raje.
“The process has been created and we will launch it as soon as we get time from the chief minister. It will be the first time in the country and the world that a green tea alternative will be produced out of olive leaves,” he said.
In the Rajasthan began cultivating olives in 2007 in collaboration with Country of Israel and now the state cultivates them on 5,000 hectares, as the minister said.
“And we have made a lot of improvement since then. An olive refinery is operational in the state in Bikaner district, also it is the country’s first.
We have also begun production of olive honey,” he said.
Asked how the state got the idea of producing “Olive green tea“, Saini said, “I am a Ph.D. in Agriculture myself, and I knew olive leaves have several health benefits.
So Saini decided to get some study and lab testing done about it.” He showed several papers with findings of the lab studies.
A lab test, conducted in the month of July, confirmed the presence of several anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and other such substances in the olive leaves. One of the substances found was Luteolin.
“Experiments with Luteolin show that it suppresses bacteria-induced inflammation. Luteolin is an oxygen scavenger,” reads the report.
Saini said the lab tests approved the presence of “such strong anti-oxidant” in olive leaves that they can help prevent several types of cancer — blood cancer, prostate cancer, and ovaries cancer.
After the studies and lab tests confirmed these properties of the olive leaves, the decision to process them was taken, he said.
“It will medically benefit those who suffer from mental stress, cardiac disease. It has anti-inflammatory characteristics as well,” he said.