Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is one of the teas produced using the tea species Camellia sinensis, which is also used to produce oolong tea (also spelled wulong tea), pu’er or pu-erh tea, black tea, and white tea. The season and geographic region in which tea is grown and the way its leaves are processed create the many varieties and contribute to each tea’s uniqueness. The special care given during processing brings out the natural subtleties of flavor and creates a visual aesthetic that is unique to each tea. This is part of the mystique of tea. Buying collector’s teas online is rewarding because no two teas are exactly alike. Each growing season creates a unique leaf and taste. So if you like a particular tea, remember that each harvest offers a new experience.
With tastes that are light and refreshing, green tea is the perfect addition to any diet. Due to the way green tea is processed, it is healthy as well as delicious. The leaves used to make green tea are heated soon after picking in order to stop the process of oxidation. By minimally processing the leaves, the tea’s nutrients are unaltered and the high levels of antioxidants are preserved. The final drying techniques finish the leaf to create its ultimate appearance when dry. Green teas are a natural and delicious way to include antioxidants in any diet.
Among the different types of tea, black tea has traditionally been the most popular in the United States. With the trend towards natural health, green teas are emerging as a favored drink. The popularity of green tea has created a field of research that is proving the therapeutic benefits of this ancient beverage. Green tea has been shown to increase bone density in women. Similarly to aged wulong tea or aged oolong tea and aged pu-erh tea, there is strong evidence that green tea helps prevent cancer and heart disease. Tea’s polyphenols may be 100 times more effective than Vitamin C and 25 times more effective than Vitamin E. Green tea has been shown to help control cholesterol. There is also evidence that green tea increases metabolism that can promote weight loss, combined with exercise and a healthy diet. As more studies of the benefits of green tea are conducted, science will further confirm what many tea drinking cultures already know about the positive effects of regular tea consumption. Click here to find out more about the Health Benefits of tea.
We offer a selection of green teas, which create a range of flavors. Longjing is nutty and rich. Maojian is almost like a white tea that is picked in spring from young buds and shoots. Huangshan Maofeng tea is well known for a complex fruity taste. Our Yunnan green teas are grown in remote areas of China high in the mountains. The green teas of China offer a wide range of flavors and varieties.
When brewing tea, remember that each type of tea is brewed slightly differently, and green teas are very heat and time sensitive. Don't be surprised if it takes you a few brews to get the concentration and flavor you are after. PRACTICE! Click here for Brewing Instructions.