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White?

Now that black and green have been explained…what about white tea. Although still from the same plant, white tea is picked before the bud opens and is still covered by fine white hairs…get it!

White tea, like green tea does not go through the fermenting phase of tea processing. It has a light, sweet taste and should be allowed to seep in water below the boiling point to allow full flavor to be achieved.

Grocery stores, although not a favorite place to buy tea, does offer a variety of white tea, usually flavored with some sort of fruit. For a more classy cup of white tea, I always prefer the use of loose tea. This particular tea may be favored more by those tea drinkers who don’t appreciate the “grassy” taste of green tea. It is also favored by those who don’t generally like a stronger tea, like black tea.

For those of us who would prefer not to have so much caffeine their tea, white tea is the answer. It has less of it than other tea varieties.  Other health benefits can be found in this article.

Try it. Light and airy tea can be a day dream come true.

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Teapot Anatomy

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Anatomy of a Tea Leaf

Anatomy of a Tea Leaf

Anatomy of a Tea Leaf

Courtesy of http://www.cancer-green-tea.org

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According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer, Chinese women who consumed mushrooms and green tea had a lower risk of breast cancer than those who did not. Just one more reason to have a cup of green tea!!

Further reading on the article and an abstract from the article can be found at World Tea News.

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Green?

What makes green tea, green? Well it’s not the plant that it comes from but how the leaves are processed (the processing of leaves was discussed in an earlier post). Green tea leaves are the least processed of all. The more the leaves are processed, the less of the antioxidants and other health beneficial chemicals are left in the leaves.

Green teas have a lighter color than black teas and also a lighter flavor. Sometimes the flavor is referred to as grassy and a cup of green tea can have a hint of sweetness or may be a bit astringent to the palate. Green tea can be brewed with pieces of fruit, flowers or herbs to give a different flavor, or just for fun. Although not usually served with milk or sugar, it should be up to the drinker to decide. I prefer my green tea to have a hint of jasmine!!

If you haven’t already tried it, what are you waiting for. Take the plunge into a big, green world! There is a variety to choose from.

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Tea Time in the City

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Field of Tea

courtesy of Zastavki.com

courtesy of Zastavki.com

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