Japanese Green Tea (Demystified)

What's All the Hype About?

High tea, tea ceremonies, green tea, black tea, aromatherapy tea baths, tealeaf readings, teahouses, dessert tea... You've no doubt heard of the many health benefits of green tea. Green tea shampoos and skin care products are even being promoted! What's all the hype about?

A common drink in the Eastern world for centuries, green tea's popularity is only recently rising in the Western world. What they've instinctively known for hundreds of years, we are only beginning to discover: there's something magical about sitting down with a cup of tea and sipping away at the brew that relaxes the tension and eases the mind.

but it's not just recent hype. It's knowledge that's been growing for centuries. The ancients say it all started 2735 B.C. when a leaf from the camellia sinensis tree, the tea plant, blew into a cup of boiled water belonging to Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.

The rest is culinary history.....

Health Benefits Favored for Continuous History

"Tea" is from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. There are three types of tea: Green, Oolong and Black. They are categorized according to their oxidation levels (called the fermentation process).

Green Tea is steamed, baked or pan heated to prevent oxidation and thus, the leaves remain green

Oolong Tea is partially fermented. Oxidation is cut short so the leaves are black only on the edges.