Where Does Green Tea Come From?

Where Does Green Tea Come From?

Posted on 18. Aug, 2010 by in China, drink me, odd stuff

A Guest article.

The world of tea is massive. Millions of people around the globe consume it every day, whether green, black, or white [1]. This begs the question: where does tea come from? Surprisingly, green tea, black tea, and white tea all come from the same source; they are merely processed differently, resulting in different appearances and tastes. Different types of tea are popular in various locations around the world due to local customs and availability.

We’ve had a look at the different types of tea that come from the Camellia sinensis plant, in order to find out a little bit more about them:

Black tea

Caffeinated black tea is often regarded as our daily cup of tea in the UK; many of us see it as a comforting drink. Luckily for us, scientists have found that black tea can help to cut levels of the stress hormone cortisol circulating in the blood stream [2], meaning that drinking black tea could actually be beneficial to health as well as comforting.

White tea

The people of China have enjoyed white tea for more than a thousand years, so the idea is nothing new there. It has less caffeine than our daily black tea, so could be a good substitution for reducing your caffeine intake [3]. White tea is also the least processed form of tea from the Camellia sinensis; made from steaming and drying select leaves.

Green tea

Like white tea, green tea has been consumed for thousands of years by people in China. It isn’t hard to see why it is now drunk by many more people around the world as it is said to provide a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants may help to fight the premature ageing of cells and other damaging effects of free radicals on the body [4], so this tea could be more than just a refreshing drink!

About the author: Haylee Hume

References

1. The Guardian (2005) : A nice cup of tea – but make it black, green or white .
2. BBC. (2010) : Black tea ‘soothes away stress’.
3. White Tea Guide. (2010) : Home.
4. Hawkins, E et al (2007) : Green tea.

Other Guest writers

Veronica Davis : Veronica’s article is here.
Amanda T : Amanda’s article is here.
Roko Nastic : Roko’s article is here.
Haylee Hulme : Haylee’s article is here.

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