Just finished listening to an old podcast of The Splendid Table and one of the topics was white tea.
Now I’m as much of a tea freak as they come but I had no idea about teas.
Seems that all teas come from the same plant: Camelia sinensis?
Black, green and white are different because of the way they are processed.
Black is the most processed it is rolled, dried and oxidized. That process produces it’s distinctive flavor.
Green is next with unoxidized leaves but heated to eliminate the enzyme that causes oxidation.
White tea or some call raw tea is dried in the sun for day (the other teas are dried in a few hours) and then heated to reduce moisture further. Originally grown in three small villages in China, white tea has become so popular that it is now grown all over the world.
All teas have some health properties such as black is known to reduce heart disease and green, cancer with it’s super anti-oxidant content.
All teas help lower blood sugar, kills bacteria in the body, enhance bone density, prevent cavities and boost metabolism that promotes weight-loss.
Some other teas we see out there have a basis in these three teas but with additions.
Oolong tea is a mix of black and green teas that have been fermented. This tea is known for it’s digestive properties.
Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot added.
Now my favorite category of teas, herbal are not really teas at all. They are dried leaves and flowers and are only considered teas because they are dried and we steep them in hot water, much like real tea.
I drink tons of tea and some I do so for more medicinal reasons – immune booster, cold and sore throat fighters, menopause symptom relievers, mental clarity promoters, and calming teas like chamomile.
I love that a cup of warm comforting tea can work its magic and taste so good.
Here are a few of the teas in my closet.
I am really excited because I just ordered several blends of herb teas from a supplier in Canada.
These blends, help detox the body, purify the blood and provide a restful sleep.
I have included a couple of cool websites and well as the website where I ordered my tea, just in case you’d like to check them out.
Think I’ll go have a cup of blue lavender tea and read a little Anne Lamott and relax!
I’d love to hear about your favorite tea. Leave your comments below!
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