on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:23:00 PM
Both white tea and green have been touted for their health benefits
due to the minimal processing of both. But how exactly does the
processing differ between the two? Is this post, we will briefly
describe the differences between the two types of tea.
is the least processed tea since the leaves and plucked and air dried
until they reach the correct moisture temperature (typically between
5-10%). White tea oxidizes slightly and naturally while it dries, but it
is the closest to pure tea leaves that you can find. Green Tea on the
other hand is withered slightly and then either roasted, steamed, or
pan-fired. This heating procedure allows the cell walls to stay intact
and retain all the chlophyll, which gives the leaves a green color and
In addition, there is one other main difference
between green and white tea that you may have heard us talk about in the
past. True white tea only comes from two varieties of the tea plant
(camellia sinensis), the Da Bai and the Da Hao (read more about
traditional white tea here).
Green tea on the other hand comes from hundreds of different varieties
of the tea plant, including for example Jiu Keng and the Bai Ye.