What is the Difference Between White Tea and Green Tea

by 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.

White 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 grassy taste.

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.

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