The Tea Detective
Uncovering and Exploring the Facts About Tea
Going Green-The Natural Way of Things
Green tea receives very little processing, keeping it as close as possible to its
natural state.  Unlike black tea there is no withering, but instead the leaves are
steamed after plucking preserving their deep green color.

A blast of heat shuts down
the enzymes and kills the
leaf, so there is no oxidation
step as in black tea which is 100% oxidized.  
The heat also softens the leaf for rolling,
releasing the juices and giving the leaves
their twist, or form.  

Many green teas are named for what they
look like after rolling, such as gunpowder,
resembling a small gray-green pellet of
gunpowder when finished.

The end result is to rid the tea of moisture,
yet retaining the flavor. To make that happen
the leaves are repeatedly steamed and
rolled until the moisture gradually evaporates
and the leaves are crisp.
Since there is no oxidation, the chemistry of the leaf remains basically
unchanged, so unlike black tea the tannins are untouched, meaning
the color stays green and the pungency remains the same. Also, none
of the essential oils that release flavor have been allowed to develop,
meaning the green tea develops a pungency and unique fresh flavor
all its own.

All of the
main tea types are healthy, but white and green teas have the highest amount of
vitamins, minerals, and disease fighting antioxidants and polyphenols, because they receive the
least amount of processing.  Visit our
health benefits page to learn more about tea's role in
helping to keep you healthy and fit.

Because most of us have grown up with black
tea, it takes a little while to acquire a taste for
green tea.  But stick with it, and I believe you'll
grow to like it, even sometimes preferring it to
black.  Green tea has a light, grassy, fresh and
either sweet or roasted flavor, depending on
the processing, and goes by many unusual,
beautiful, and exotic names such as Dragonwell,
one of the most famous and popular of
China
green teas.  It's based on a legend about a
dragon that lived in a nearby well.

For a nice selection of organic green teas, visit
Mighty Leaf Tea.  Their organic selections include
Organic Dragonwell, Organic Hojicha, Sencha,
          Earl Green Tea, Korakundah Organic Nilgiri Green Decaf, Organic Japanese Karigane, and
          Emerald Pearls to name just a few.  Also visit their Matcha Tea
          Store, including a video to learn how to brew matcha as well
          as recipes and more.  Click the Mighty Leaf link below to the
          right.   

          Even though
India, is best known for its black teas, it also pro-
          duces some of the finest quality green teas.  Their
Darjeeling
          green tea has a light, fresh, sweet taste that's refreshing any
          time of the day or night.  
Enjoy.
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