The future of medical ball teases looks very bright for the foreseeable future.
According to a report published by Chinese internet portal Sina.com, the Chinese government is keen to develop the medicinal ball tea as a foodstamp alternative.
Currently, China is only one of several countries that have plans to develop a medical ball tea in its own territory, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
“The first ball tea is expected to be released in the next five years,” the WEF said.
However, while the report said that the ball tea was likely to become the first-ever foodstaple, China has made no plans to make it a commercial product.
“It is likely to be an exportable product,” China’s Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement, referring to the ball teapot.
“This is in keeping with the current trend of promoting foodstamps as a means of economic development,” the ministry said.
It is also unclear whether the Chinese Government would be willing to allow foreign companies to make a profit from selling the ball, if they wanted to.
The ball teat was first introduced in the Chinese village of Guizhou in the late 1970s and has since been used in China for centuries.