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Difference Between White Tea and Green Tea


Most people are unaware that White Tea and Green Tea are produced from the same bush. The tea plant is called Camellia Sinensis and can be found cultivated throughout large parts of Asia. Now, let's to explore the difference of these two kind of teas.

1. White tea

white tea

White tea, also known as Gong Fu Cha in Chinese, is a type of delicate tea that undergoes very little processing. It is harvested prior to the tea plants' full maturity when they are decorated by smooth white hair-like substances hence the name. The buds are obtained and dried to prevent them from oxidizing for long hours.

History: It is believed that it was discovered between 600 and 1300 AD when the Chinese dynasties were in existence. Drinking of tea was a common practice at the time, and citizens were required to show their respect to the Emperors by presenting them with rare teas that were an early form of white tea. When Emperor Huzong gained rule of the Song Dynasty, the tea buds would be harvested, stripped and thoroughly rinsed in spring water before they were ground into a fine white powder that would be sprinkled in boiling-hot water. The resulting mixture would then be presented to the Emperor.

Types of White Tea: White Tea include Moonlight White Tea (Yue Guang Bai), Bai Hao Yin Zhen or 'Silver Needle' in English, Darjeeling White Tea and Bai Mudan tea, also known as White Peony. Each variety offers a pleasant aroma coupled with a great taste that is sure to thrill, captivate and engage your taste buds.

Health benefits of white tea: White tea is famous for its great benefits, which include prevention of tooth decay because it contains flavonoids, tannins, and polyphenols that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Secondly, it contains chemopreventive properties that fight cancer, thirdly, it contains antibacterial properties that protect the immune system and keep the skin safe from germs. It also aids in loss of weight by preventing fat cell formation in the body. Additionally, it contains flavonoids that decrease blood pressure levels and slows down the process of aging.

Taste of White Tea: Tea lovers will find the taste of this tea to be simple yet very appealing. It has a sweet and mild taste with a grassy aftertaste. Most varieties do not include the grassy feel though.

white tea brewing

Brewing Tips: White tea is a very selective class of tea that requires a specific brewing technique if you wish to enjoy it. You will require a teapot, teaspoon, tasting cup, white tea leaves and water. The water should be spring water since any other type of water will make your tea taste flat. First, heat the water to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, put two teaspoons of white tea into the teapot, add the heated water and place the lid over the teapot and let it steep. It is important to note if you're using tea buds or leaves. The recommended steeping time is 5 minutes, but if you're using tea buds you should let it steep for a longer time. Steeping time largely depends on the variety and your personal choice. After obtaining a pale yellow liquor, pour it into the tasting cup and enjoy. There's no need to add any sugar or milk, as white tea is naturally delicious.

2. Green Tea

green tea

Green tea is a variety of tea that obtained its name from the rich emerald-green liquor that results when it is properly brewed. It originates from China.

History: During the Han Dynasty that was in power from the years 206-220, green tea was mostly used as medicine. Its pleasant taste was discovered when the Tang Dynasty that lasted from the years 600-900 came into rule. At this period in history, people drunk it to symbolize their rank in society. Only the rich could afford it. It is made from the top buds and leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and undergoes several methods of production. First, it is harvested mostly during the end of April when the leaves attain maturity. Harvesting can either be done by a machine or by hand. Secondly, the leaves undergo drying which can either be firing them in a pan over a large flame or spreading them on straw so that they can dry in the sun. After, they are shaped and dried once again to rid the final products of any moisture content in preparation for storage.

Types of green tea: Green tea include Dragon Well, Anji Bai Cha, and Gunpowder and so on from China , Gyokuro and Houjicha from Japan.

Health benefits of green tea: Not only is green tea appealing, but it's healthy as well. Research shows that it contains properties that are crucial for our general wellbeing. It has numerous benefits, some of them being; it aids in digestion when taken before and after meals, it contains caffeine that helps in keeping you alert, it assists in the prevention of cancers such as ovarian, lung, breast and skin cancer, it reduces stroke, it helps in tremendous weight loss over a short period of time and it lowers the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. 

Additionally, it improves brain function thanks to its caffeine levels, reduces the risk of one getting Alzheimer's in their old age, it prevents stress, cures arthritis by reducing inflammations on joints and it is very effective in preventing tooth decay when used after brushing of teeth regularly since it fights harmful oral bacteria.

Brewing tips: Preparing green tea is relatively easy. All you need to do is ensure that you use soft water. You will require a teapot, kettle, green tea leaves or tea bags, a tasting cup, and some water. First, boil the water to a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the kettle. Afterward, pour in a teaspoon of tea leaves into the tea pot. If you're using a tea bag, put one into the pot. Pour the water into the pot, cover it with the lid and let it steep for approximately two minutes. Then, pour the resulting clear, green-colored liquor into the tasting cup and enjoy your beverage. You could let it cool or take it while it's hot. The captivating aroma and great taste will motivate you to have another cup. You can choose to strain tea leaves or drink your tea as they settle at the bottom of your cup.

brewing tips of green tea

Taste: Green tea has a naturally sweet flavor with a smooth grassy aftertaste that lessens with each infusion. Its rich taste nullifies the need to add any sweeteners.

When to drink: It should be drunk immediately after waking up in the morning to provide the body with the necessary energy. 




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