I hope you enjoyed learning about black tea. Today we will focus on green tea! I would argue that green tea is the second most popular type of camellia sinensis tea after black tea. In order to make green tea, green leaves are pulled from the camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are heated to destroy enzymes so there is no oxidation process. Then they are rolled and dried to release flavors and stabilize the tea.
Due to the process used to create green tea, the leaves contain their sweetness while keeping the vitamins of a fresh green leaf. Flavors can vary between floral or grassy depending on the plants’ elevation, soil, weather, time of harvest, and more.
The preparation for green tea is best with water heated less than a boil at about 170 degrees and steeped 2-3 minutes. The rule of thumb is measuring approximately 1 teaspoon of loose leaf per 8 ounces of water (for any type of tea).
Finally, green tea health benefits include reducing inflammation, improving brain function, increasing fat burning for weight loss, lowers risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not to mention, many people make green tea with lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat.
Half way through our Camellia Sinensis Series! Up next is white tea!