Introduction to Tea


 

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Tea these days is becoming more popular, Americans consume over 80 billions servings of tea according the Tea Association of the USA. Of all tea consumed, 84% is black tea, 15% is green tea and the rest are oolong, white, and dark tea.

Tea is one of the oldest herbal remedies in existence and comes from the plant called Camellia sinensis. The plant produces the leaves and buds. The tea plant grows best in warm climates with long sunlit days, cool nights, and an abundance of rainfall.

The five most common categories of tea: white tea, green tea, pu-erh tea, oolong tea and black tea. There is a very common misconception that all these amazing tasty teas come from different plants, but they actually all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis.  The difference between the five teas lies in the way they are processed, and the level of oxidization they undergo. “Herbal teas” aren’t actually considered teas, they are made using a variety of different plants with varying nutritional values, such as chamomile.

 

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