Tea: 5 Siblings of Magic Herbal Green Tea
How magic herbal green tea becomes “green” and black tea becomes “black” is ultimately determined by the tea plant variety and how the tea leaves are treated. White tea is made from the same Camellia Sinensis plant as green tea, but the leaves are plucked at a much younger age. The first bloom of the tea plant is used to make white tea, while the following two leaves are used to make green tea.
Origin of Green tea
Green tea, on the other hand, is said to have originated in China. Even today, the word “tea” in China is supposed to relate solely to green tea, rather than the entire tea category as it is in the West. The Camellia sinensis plant species is said to have originated in China’s Yunnan province. Yunnan is home to 260 of the world’s 380+ tea varietals.
Shennong, Emperor of China and alleged founder of Chinese medicine, is said to have discovered tea as a beverage about 2737 BC when fresh tea leaves from a nearby tea tree fell into his cup of recently boiled water, according to tradition.
Green tea has been popular in Japan since about 1190 when a Zen priest returned to Japan with tea plant seeds and bushes after visiting and learning at China’s famous Buddhist monasteries and temples. Eisai, a young Buddhist priest, utilized his experience producing and drinking tea in China to promote tea as a meditation ritual among his Buddhist monks, eventually spreading the practice throughout Japan. To this day, China and Japan are the world’s top two green tea producers and exporters.
Many people claim to dislike green tea, yet they are most likely consuming green teas that do not fit their preferences. Most individuals can locate green teas they enjoy with a few recommendations and taste tests. Look through the many varieties of green teas listed below to select the best green teas for your tastes.
Jasmine green tea
Jasmine green tea, along with Earl Grey tea, is one of the most popular flavored teas in the world. Cheap Jasmine green teas (such as those served in some restaurants) are frequently prepared with low-grade teas and artificial additives, and perfume-like. Jasmine green teas of good quality are produced with high-grade tea leaves that have been organically perfumed with jasmine blossoms. They have a delectably sweet, flowery flavor that many people enjoy.
Moroccan green tea
Moroccan Mint green tea was initially made using Chinese gunpowder green tea and fresh mint leaves, cooked in hot water and sweetened generously. Many Moroccan mint green tea mixes are now available; they utilize dried mint instead of fresh mint and may substitute Houjicha, Bancha, or other green teas for gunpowder green tea.
Genmaicha green tea
Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with puffed brown rice infusion. Genmaicha has a sweet, roasty, vegetal flavor that is easy to appreciate. Matcha-iri-Genmaicha or “Genmaimatcha,” a combination of Genmaicha and Matcha green teas, is a popular variant on Genmaicha.
Use hotter water for a richer rice taste (just below boiling). Use colder water for a more subtle tea and rice taste (around 170 F).
Dragonwell green tea
Dragonwell, also known as “Dragon’s Well,” “Lung Ching,” or “Long Jing” green tea, is the most widely consumed Chinese green tea in the United States. Dragonwell is available at a wide variety of prices, from highly expensive, traditionally manufactured “pre-rain” Dragonwell to low-cost, daily Dragonwell. Dragonwell has a light, sweet taste with a pronounced chestnut undertone.
Prepare Dragonwell green tea with water that is just below boiling and steep it for two to three minutes at most for the most pleasing effects.
Sencha green tea
Sencha is the most popular green tea in Japan. It has a vegetal, seaweedy, or grassy flavor, according to several individuals. Sencha green tea can be highly astringent, bitter, and harsh when brewed with boiling or near-boiling water, but it tastes smoother, sweeter, and more balanced when prepared with water about 160 F to 170 F steeped for 20 to 45 seconds.
Bancha, a comparable green tea with a somewhat rougher, earthier flavor, is a popular alternative to Sencha. Bancha is less costly than Sencha and goes well with a variety of foods.
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