Tea: Varieties And Grades Of Green Tea

If you’ve ever shopped for green tea, no doubt you’re aware that there are a vast number of choices. There are green teas from many regions of the world, and many varieties, grades and flavors from each region. Green tea was likely the first kind of tea. About 3000 years ago in China, people plucked fresh tea leaves and let them dry in the sun before storing them. In the 8th century, tea processors began using the evaporation process, and by the 12th century, they began sautéing the leaves. Basically, green tea came about before tea processors learned the methods associated with processing black tea. Even today, green tea is one of the teas left in its most natural state. …

Tea: When Are The Best Green Tea Pluckings?

Green tea has become a very popular beverage in the Western world. It has been popular in Asia for centuries, where it was produced more than 3000 years ago. Today, most green tea is still produced in Asia, though other countries produce green tea, as well. There are literally hundreds of varieties of green tea, and many different grades of quality within these many varieties. Green tea comes from the same plant as black and white teas; the Camellia sinensis. Green tea differs from black tea in the way it’s processed, however. Green tea is not fermented during its processing the way that black tea is. Rather, after the tea leaves are plucked, they are laid out to wither for …

Tea: What Makes Quality White Persian Melon Tea?

In today’s tea market, the product gaining popularity the most rapidly is white tea. Though white tea has been around for centuries, it is fairly new to the Western world for two reasons. The first is that it is the rarest of all teas; just a little is grown each year. Secondly, in Asian cultures white tea was traditionally reserved for only the highest tea ceremonies; it was not considered an everyday beverage. Today, however, we’re discovering the delicious taste and significant health benefits of white tea and we’re clamoring for more. One of the most delicious and sought after blends of white tea is White Persian Melon Tea, a flavorful blend of white tea with melon. White tea comes …

Tea: Growing Quality Green Tea

There are literally hundreds of varieties of green tea, each with its own distinct flavor and characteristics. Green tea is grown in several countries throughout the world, but the vast majority of it is grown in China and Japan. Most tea gardens, particularly those in China and Japan have been around for many years. It takes time to develop a quality tea garden, along with knowledge, patience and the help of Mother Nature. Different kinds of green tea and green tea gardens in different countries require different care and attention. For an example, we’ll look at the year round work required to maintain a high quality tea garden in Japan that produces Matcha, Gyokuro and Sencha, three popular varieties of …

Tea: How Is White Tea Different From Other Teas?

In recent years, white tea has gained great popularity. Tea connoisseurs everywhere have come to appreciate white tea’s delicate, slightly sweet flavor. Though white tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, just like black tea, green tea and oolong tea, there are several significant differences between white tea and other teas. Processing – White tea is harvested before the leaves are fully open, when the buds have fine white hair covering them. This is much earlier than other teas are harvested. In addition, white tea leaves are not fermented. Rather their leaves are simply steamed and then dried, often right in the fields. This protects white tea’s delicate flavor. Availability – Less white tea is grown than other types of …

Tea: How Is White Persian Melon Tea Different From Other Teas?

If you’re new to drinking white tea, you may be unaware of the many positive health differences between white tea and black tea. And, White Persian melon tea offers even more health benefits than regular white tea. The health differences between white and black tea is primarily related to their anti-oxidant content. Tea leaves are naturally rich in some of the most powerful anti-oxidants on earth. Anti-oxidants are important to our health because they combat free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are a natural by-product of our digestive processes, but left unchecked they damage our cells and DNA. Damaged cells and DNA lead to aging and serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer. While all tea leaves are naturally …

How Is Black Tea Graded?

You may have only recently learned the many benefits of drinking black tea. As a result of what you’ve heard about black tea’s potential medicinal effects and its unique taste, you may be prompted to learn even more about this intriguing beverage. Consequently, you may be curious about how black tea is graded. Tea Grading Defined for the Consumer If you’re confused by the concept of tea grading, you’re certainly not alone. There are numerous misconceptions surrounding the process. First of all, there is really no standard method of tea grading. That means that grading can vary significantly from country to country and from region to region. In addition, a particular grade does not guarantee quality or taste. If you …