Types of Teas

So when we look at teas, we see white, green, black, pekoe, oolong, rooibos, and a plethora of other teas. So what is the difference between them all?

Tea is processed from the Camellia Sinensis bush.

White tea is from the new growth of leaves and buds where they are steamed or fried then dried and not oxidized, but minimally processed. It has a sweeter, more flowery note.

Green tea is steamed, pan-fried, or scalded then rolled and dried. More processing brings out more flavor and more caffeine. It has a more grassy, earthy flavor.

Oolong is oxidized for half the time as black tea, so it is only partially fermented. It also can be additionally bruised or shaken to release more flavors. It has flowery and earthy flavor. Darker oolong can taste more smoky or buttery. This is a traditional Chinese tea.

Black teas are fully oxidized or fermented then dried. It has more robust flavor and highest level of caffeine.

Rooibos tea comes from a different plant called the Aspalathus linearis. It is prepared like black tea but doesn’t have caffeine. It is also known as red tea, although there is also a green variety: the red is oxidized and the green is un-oxidized. This tea has a malty flavor.

Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, can be made of dried herbs, fruits, spices, flowers, steeped like tea but not containing tea itself.

Sooo: in short, white, green, black, and oolong come from the same plant.

Green Tea candy

Did you know that a popular treat in Japan is Maccha Green Tea Kit Kat? Imagine our surprise when we saw the familiar wafers covered in green instead of chocolate. You might find them in a Japanese grocery store. We found them on Amazon (along with hazelnut kit kat and sweet potato kit kat). You can also get a mixed flavor pack with Uji-Matcha, Red Bean Azuki, Strawberry Wa-ichigo, and Sakura Matcha. We also saw Cheese Cake Chocolate, Pancake flavor, Raspberry flavor, Shinshu Apple Chocolate, Strawberry Cheese Cake Chocolate, Pumpkin Pudding flavor, Apple Pie flavor, Kankitsu (citrus mix), Beni Imo (sweet purple potato), Houjicha (roasted green tea), Rum Raisin Chocolate, Wasabi, Pumpkin pudding. You can see them all here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=japanese+kit+kat

That got us to thinking how many more candies are made from green tea. Besides Kit Kats, we found some hard candies, green tea flavored chocolate, soft candies, chewy candies. You can find them here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=green+tea+candy&rh=n%3A16310101%2Ck%3Agreen+tea+candy

the Victor Crew

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

We already know green tea as one of the healthiest beverages. Here is a list of the highlights of 10 benefits from care2 make a difference (read the full article to find out more):

  1. Green tea contains various bioactive compounds that can improve health
  2. Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter
  3. Green tea increases fat burning and improves physical performance
  4. Antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk of various types of cancer
  5. Green tea may protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  6. Green tea can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection
  7. Green tea may lower your risk of Type II Diabetes
  8. Green tea may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  9. Green tea can help you lose weight and lower your risk of becoming obese
  10. Green tea may decrease your risk of dying and help you live longer

~ Jody Victor