Now that I have tried both versions of mulberry tea, it is time to make a comparison.
2. Fresh version is greener in colour while the dried version is paler and yellow.
3. The fresh version has a stronger grassy aroma that is almost medicinal. I can imagine that it may not go down well with some people. The dried version has an earthier delicate aroma. If you dislike raw green smell, the dried version is probably better.
4. I find the fresh version has stronger body. The dried version could be mistaken for normal Chinese green tea.
5. Boiling fresh leaves for a few minutes is easier and faster, for a single cup. I consider it the direct shortcut.
6. But for the long term, I prefer the indirect shortcut. It may take a few days to dry the leaves. But once done, it only takes a few seconds to just add hot water to the leaves for many many cups regardless of when and where you want to have cuppa. Pouring tea from a pretty teapot is also more presentable to guests than a pot!
7. Dried leaves in a nice glass jar or tea-caddy would make a nice gift.