One of the most studied plants by the scientific community is the tea plant or the Camellia sinensis, a perennial plant that is said to have originated in Yunnan, China .
If left to nature unattended, it can grow up to 15 feet tall.
Some ancient tea trees are still found in the area
The leaves are usually consumed as beverage through infusion in hot water although the leaves can also be infused in very cold water for longer period of time.
6 TYPES OF TEAS
The 6 types of teas defined by the process that makes them
Withered, fixed, dried
Withered, fixed, wrapped, dried
Withered, rolled, oxidized, dried
Withered, fixed, rolled, dried
Withered, rolled, oxidized, fixed, dried
WHITE TEA STYLES
There are only 4 major styles of white tea defined by the parts of the plant used:
(Yin Zhen) (Highest Category)
(Bai Mu Dan)
1 bud, 2 leaflets under the bud
Made from older leaves, broken leaves, some buds. Lower quality
Most common style, made from older leaves, broken leaves, some buds. Lowest quality of leaves.
WHY WHITE TEA?
Studies suggests that since white tea is the least processed among all true tea types, it also retains the highest amount of polyphenols.
In simple terms, whatever health benefits you get from an ultra high quality green tea, white tea has them as well, but unlike its green tea counterpart, white tea has a subtle fruit-y taste that is really yummy!
Recent studies suggest that long term consumption of food rich in polyphenols such as teas can contribute to preventing or delaying the onset of chronic diseases.