Get ready to sip on a new kind of tea. The desert state of Rajasthan will soon give the country an alternative to green tea – brewed from olive leaves. State Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini said the brand – named Olitia, The Olive Tea – will be launched soon by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
“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 told PTI on the sidelines of an event in the city. He added, “I am a PhD in Agriculture myself, and I knew olive leaves have several health benefits. So I 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 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. He said the lab tests confirmed the presence of “such strong anti-oxidants” 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.