Green teas are grown in a variety of places around the world, Japan and China being the two countries that produce the most for export. Each green tea you sip will have slightly different, yet noticeable, flavors.
Popular Japanese teas are sencha, gyokuro, and genmaicha. These teas are plucked, steamed, rolled and then dried. Kukicha is another known Japanese tea that is sometimes roasted after it has been steamed.
Gunpowder green, Long Jing, and Pi Lo Chun are all know Chinese teas. These teas are plucked, withered and then heated.
The processes prevent oxidization which decreases the amount of tannins and preserves the strong health benefits largely found in green tea.
Benefits of Green Tea are vary similar to that of White Tea
Because green tea largely contains the same components as white tea,
you can experience many of the same health benefits too.
Check out the White Tea article for additional information.
Green tea is easy to steep and enjoy!
Ideally, the water used should be around 175° Fahrenheit. Using boiling water can make the flavors bitter. Water should be steaming but not to the boiling point. Relax and watch the tender leaves 'bloom' as they unfurl and swirl in the warm water.
Green tea has a refreshing taste and can be enjoyed hot or cold. For a slightly stronger tea, you can add additional dry leaves before brewing. It is usually advised that you experiment with the amount of tea used until you are completely satisfied with the results, but typically you will use 1 tsp of tea leaves for every 8 ounces of water.
Green tea is a delicious and healthy drink when consumed in moderation. The only actual side effects that can be considered negative are experienced when you drink green tea in excessive quantities or too close to bed time.