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Pekoe is a high-quality variety of black tea made from leaves picked so young that they still have their coating of white down—hence the name, from Amoy Chinese pek, ‘white’ and ho, ‘down’. The term (first recorded in the early eighteenth century) is most frequently encountered in orange pekoe, which is applied to Indian and Sri Lankan tea made from the leaf buds and immature leaves, or more broadly to any high-quality Indian or Sri Lankan tea.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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