Happy New Year! Are you thinking of drinking more green tea this year for health? Green tea is probably the most talked about tea category because of many health related researches as well as greatly varied tastes and shapes. There are two main green tea producers in the world: China and Japan.
CHINESE GREEN TEA does not typically yield a green infusion. If you go to Yum Cha, you are usually served Jasmine tea (unless you ask for others). You would notice the colour of the tea is sort of in a honey-hue. Jasmine tea is a green tea. Other Chinese green tea includes Lung Ching and Mao Feng. Chinese green tea is typically dried with the wok drying method, hence the slightly “roasty” undertone.
JAPANESE GREEN TEA smells and tastes grassier than Chinese Green Tea. The most common Japanese green tea is Sencha. Sencha has a green tint if it comes from Japan. If you have a Sencha at home and its brew is more of a honey colour than green and you don’t think of rolling on a grass field when you drink it, then chances are it comes from China. Matcha is a powder made from young green tea tea leaves and the Matcha infusion is screamingly green. Matcha is often used in making desserts – traditional or otherwise, such as the super easy Matcha Tiramisu (photo. Check out how to make).
ANY OTHERS? Taiwan, Kenya, India and even Australia produce small amount of green tea. Blind tastings confirm these green teas are “interesting” to try…but…
Health benefits and caffeine – green tea probably is the most researched tea category and you can find lots about the health benefits (such as fighting cancer cells, weight management, boosting immune system etc) associating with drinking green tea. In our About Tea section, you will find articles we have collected relating health issues on drinking tea – a lot of them mention green tea.