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Oolong?

What the hell is Oolong? That was the first question that came across my lips when I heard the name so I suspect that I may not be the only one who has said this! Now I can answer that question!

Discussing the process which the tea leaves go through is slightly more complicated. The leaves must begin the process immediately after being picked. The leaves are first dried in the sun for a short period and then placed in baskets where they are shaken, not stirred, to produce a bruising effect that allows the “liquids” inside the leaves to become exposed which begins the oxidation process. After a few hours (depending on the origin of the leaves) the leaves are fired to stop fermentation.

For more info on the process of oolong tea, I suggest this article…it also discusses the “Oolong Diet.” 

Taste is important for every type of tea. So what does Oolong taste like? Well, I can say that it is somewhat spicy and smooth. Unlike green tea, it does not have an “earthy” taste. Like green tea, oolong is sometimes flavored with my favorite flower, jasmine, among other things.

Take a sip, or three, you are bound to enjoy it!!

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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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