Published on Jun 18, 2018

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Tea is available in many varieties. Flavored teas, which are one of the most popular teas, are made from any type of tea that can be produced. The most important aspect in the preparation of delicious aromatic tea is the quality of the tea base.

Tea is grown in thousands of tea gardens around the world, and some are better than others. Simply put, the best tea gardens are those that pay special attention to the details that go into cultivating different types of tea. And the best tea comes from the best gardens.

Tea varieties differ mainly in the way they are collected and produced. All tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, but the variations in the collection and processing of tea give this plant many different tastes.


Black Tea

Black tea, which is the most commonly consumed tea in the Western world, is a fermented tea. The tea leaves are extracted, dried and fermented to a dark red color. (That’s why black tea is called red tea in most of Asia). Black tea is a very healthy drink. However, the fermentation process that black tea undergoes changes in the level of antioxidants in tea leaves and reduces some of their health benefits, especially compared to other types of tea.

Green Tea

Green tea remains unfermented. The leaves are dried and then graded, sorted and packaged. This simple processing leaves green tea in a very natural state. The leaves are boiled to green or pale amber and have a very natural, sometimes herbaceous taste. Green tea is revered for its health benefits.

Since the green tea undergoes such little processing, the tea antioxidants remain in their natural state. These antioxidants are effective for the prevention of serious diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, as well as slowing down the aging process.

White Tea

White tea is also unfermented, so it has the same antioxidants and health benefits of green tea. However, white tea is different from green tea, because it is collected so early. The leaves of white tea are collected only in early spring, before the buds have even opened, and while they are still covered with fine white hair. This early harvest gives tea a very light, sweet and delicate taste. White tea is collected only once a year, making it the richest of all teas.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a semi-fermented tea, somewhere between green and black tea. The fermentation time varies between countries, but is much shorter than the fermentation period of black teas. Oolong also retains a large percentage of its natural antioxidants, which makes them a very healthy tea. In particular, oolong tea is considered a very effective weight loss supplement.

Each of these teas has different processing requirements, but everything must come from a carefully maintained tea garden.

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