What is Green Tea: This tea is often referred to as "unfermented" tea because after the freshly picked tea leaves are dried, they are heated to stop any fermentation. Then they are rolled and dried, in various amounts of times and styles. After a couple hours, the leaves have turned a dull green and are sifted to separate them into different sized pieces of leaves. Most of these types of teas come from China and Japan. The mildness of this light brew lends itself well to blending of other leaves, flowers and oils.
Color and Taste: Pale green in color and has a mild, fresh, herb-like flavor. Also can have an astringent or slightly
Caffeine: All true tea has some caffeine. The caffeine content in green leaves is low, with an average of about 20mg. per cup. You can also buy decaffeinated green or decaffeinate your own tea.
Brewing: Water should be at a temperature of between 158 and 203F (70-95C) – right before boiling. Check specific recommendations on purchased products. Steep
Milk, sugar, Lemon: It's best not to use milk as it spoils the flavor, unless you are making a tea latte. Sweeten very lightly and add lemon if desired.
Green Varieties: Some examples include Sencha, Dragon Well, Gunpowder,
and Green Tip.
Tea and Food Pairings: Serve with light meals, spicy foods, fish, chesses, after
a meal and of course, tea time.
Health Benefits: The health benefits of tea have long been touted as being
excellent. There are even studies that show green tea helps with weight loss.
Since there is a shorter processing with green leaves, there are more
beneficial components kept intact. It offers a high amount of antioxidants,
as well as being beneficial in a large range of health related issues. Read more
about green health benefits.
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