Black, Green, Oolong and White teas all come from the same plant – The Camellia Sinensis. A number of factors determines which type of tea is produced for example the processing method, the level of oxidization, where the tea was grown etc.
Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves which are heated straight after picking to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation, the leaves are then rolled to release their flavour. It is one of the least processed teas on the market which allows it to retain the maximum amount of antioxidants.
Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. Green tea has recently become more widespread in the West, where black tea has been the traditionally consumed tea. Green tea has become the raw material for extracts used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetic items.
Most Popular Varieties of Green Tea
Maybe the most well-known green tea in China; originates from Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. Longjing in Chinese literally means dragon well. It is pan-fried and has a distinctive flat appearance. The tasteless frying oil is obtained from tea seeds and other plants. Most of the tea on the market is in fact produced in other provinces and, hence, is not authentic Longjing, despite many tea producers’ claims.
Bi Luo Chun
A Chinese famous tea also known as Green Snail Spring, from Dong Ting Mountain, Jian Su Province. As with Longjing, inauthentic Bi Luo Chun is common and most of the tea marketed under this name may, in fact, be grown in Sichuan.
Xin Yang Mao Jian
A Chinese famous tea also known as Green Tip, or Tippy Green. The appearance of the Mao Jian tea’s leaves are commonly known as “hairy tips”, a name that refers to the leaves’ slightly dark-green color, straight and delicate edges, and thin and firmly rolled appearance with both ends in a pointed shape. The regular length of a Xin Yang Mao Jian tealeaf is about 0.5–1 inches. It also tends to form balls, releasing a rather pungent smell when stored for a long time. Comparing it with other famous types of green tea, Mao Jian leaves are relatively small. After brewing Mao Jiang and pouring the water into a teacup, the aroma will flow into the air and create a peaceful atmosphere.
Green tea is the most well known for its health benefits due to it containing vast amounts of vitamins and antioxidant properties. Many health benefits have been linked to drinking Green Tea these include; Assisting in the prevention of various types of Cancer, Boosting the immune System, Aiding in weight loss and many more.
*Please note that the health benefits listed are only suggested and more tests need to be done*
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