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What Is Green Tea All true teas as distinct from herbal and flower infusions, herbal tea lovers

s ca ll sinensis are made from the leaves of a magnolia in connection with evergreen tree with the botanical name of Camellia. Although reaching a height of 30 feet in the wilderness, to tea plantations, the plant is kept as a shrub, always cut back to a height of about 3 meters, to promote new growth and for the practical picking. What Is Green Tea Tea plants grow only in warm climates but can flourish at an altitude from sea l evel to 7,000 feet. The best teas are, however, by the plants at higher altitude s, where the leaves mature more slowly and provide a richer flavor are grown. De pending on the altitude, a new tea plant may be from 2 to 5 years shall have to be ready for commercial picking, but once productive claim, it can offer tea for almost a century. What Is Green Tea What Is Green Tea Tea plants produce abundant foliage, a camellia-like flowers, and a berry, but o nly the smallest and youngest leaves are picked for tea: the two leaves and bud at the tip of every young shoots. The growth of new shoots can occur called a fl ush every week in the deeper layers, but takes several weeks at higher ones. The new leaves can be hand-picked by tea pickers, the best pick of them 40 per day, e nough to make 10 pounds of tea. All tea plants belong to the same species, Camellia sinensis, but vary the local growing conditions (altitude, climate, soils, etc.), resulting in a variety of distinctive leaves. The way the leaves are processed, but even more important in the development of the individual characteristics of the three predominant type s of tea: green, black and oolong. Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is probably r esponsible for most of the health benefits associated with green tea. We will ta lk a little later than EGCG, but it is this component of green tea is that there is such a healing and beneficial drink is. Green tea is by briefly steaming the just harvested leaves, making them soft and supple and prevent them made from fermenting or changing color. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and fired (dried with hot air or fried in a wok) until they are crispy. The resulting greenish-yellow tea has a green, sli ghtly astringent flavor close to the taste of the fresh leaf. Green tea has always been, and remains today the most popular type of tea from C hina where most historians and botanists believe that the tea plant originated i n Asia. Why is this so? Maybe its because green tea is not only captures the flav or, aroma and color of spring, but delivers this beautiful bouquet with the high est concentration of beneficial phytonutrients, and the least caffeine of all te as. The key to the amazing health benefits derived from drinking green tea, the leav es steamed, which retains the EGCG compound is oxidized. Other teas are fermente d, which interrupts the natural EGCG and takes from its healing properties. In fact, green tea has a long and eventful history dating back thousands and th ousands of years. It can be very fascinating to know what the Chinese have been known for centuries.