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Posted by on Apr 24, 2008 in Uncategorized |

So What is Green Tea Anyway?

The answer to this question may seem silly. It is the leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant, right? Right but there is much more to it than just that. As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Green tea is so complex in not only how it is made but also the flavors that the region it is grown in imparts into the plant. This is important to understand as you sample different Green Tea on your journey to find the one that is “just right” for you.

Tea grown in China is grown in four regions, the southwest, north of the Yangtze, south of the Yangtze, and south China. Each region is distinct in its ability to grow tea. For instance, north of the Yangtze has some drought problems making the green tea from this location “less desirable” than say south of the Yangtze where there are 4 distinct seasons and 5 of the 10 most well known teas are grown.

As some of you know, White, Green, Oolong and Black teas all come from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis. The difference is when they are picked and how they are processed. The level of processing increases with each of the teas above respectively. Meaning White is the least processed and Black is most processed. Each tea has pros and cons when it comes to taste and health benefits. Since we are focusing on Green Tea this week, you will find in the next article all of the health benefits of Green tea. Just know all tea is healthy for you, after all, Mother Nature made it. Choosing your drink depends on your taste buds.