There are four main types of tea to choose from. They are listed from lighter to darker and if you read the information below, you can find out where these leaves come from and get a brief education of the processing.
For more facts, click on each individual type below.
Flavored - the addition of flowers, herbs and spices
Organic - cultivation under organic rules
Herbal - herbs, fruit, and flower infusions that are not from the Camellia sinensis plant
Iced Tea - an infusion or tisane served over ice_____________________________________
Tea processing is what produces these different types. Since all tea comes from one plant, an evergreen of the Camellia family (regardless of the region), it is a bush with leathery, dark green leaves.
Many hybrids have evolved from this plant. It is native to Asia and the first two leaves and the bud are more flavorful and are of higher value than the following mature leaves. it is only the different processing methods that produce the various types that we enjoy today.
From these, there are many different varieties within each category, making over 3,000 kinds from around the world. Some infusions are blended with other leaves, flowers and oils.
The final taste and quality of the leaves depend on many important factors - soil, climate, conditions, plucking, processing, blending, and packaging.Most commercially grown tea types are produced in China; Assam, India; and Cameroon, Africa.
So now that you know a few basic facts about the types of tea, make sure you sample the different types and varieties within each category. You will be developing your taste buds and an appreciation for this wonderful beverage and will also help you discover some new “favorites” you otherwise would not have tried.
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