Gunpowder tea is a variation of green tea that originates from the Quanzhou region of Fujian province in China, where it was first produced during the Ming dynasty. It's named for its "spherical" shape which resembles gunpowder pellets.
When making the tea, the leaves are twisted or rolled into tiny balls. Gunpowder tea is made from China's native Camellia sinensis plant and has a delicate and sweet taste. The leaves are twisted or rolled into tiny balls that resemble pellets and then left to dry in the sun.