picked, the type of tea to be produced will depend on how it is processed. You'll get a
green tea when the leaves are withered and lightly steamed or pan fried, dark tea
when the leaves are fermented until dark, and oolong when leaves are partially

Earl Grey. This is a widely known type of black tea. You can make your own earl grey
by adding fragrant citrus oil to normal black tea. The oil is extracted from the crust of
the bergamot orange, a unique citrus fruit grown mainly in Italy and France.

Red. This type of tea comes from either rooibos or honeybush plants. Unlike the
camellia sinensis teas, they do not have caffeine. However, they a fruity, roughly
sweet flavor and a higher antioxidant level than common green teas.

Herbal. There are thousands of possibilities when it comes to herbal tea. This type of
beverage is quite simply any tea produced by steeping plant matter, except camellia
sinensis, in water. Common herbs around the world are mint, sage, and lemon balm.
Flowers are also often used like the lavender, chamomile, hibiscus or roses. Bark can
likewise be used such as the cinnamon. Actually, most herbal teas are a mix of many
different items. You can try making your own blend with your favorite herbs.

White. This type of beverage is produced on a small-scale mainly in China. White tea
plant harvest only takes place in early spring and is subjected to a wilting and drying
process. Chinese white teas tend to be enriched with fruit flavors as well.

Green. This is probably the most common type of tea and known to offer great
health benefits as well. Japanese types like sencha and gyokuro are popular green
teas. Sencha tea has floral fragrance and a stunning yellow greenish color. It can be
your everyday beverage as it will help you relax and give you energy as well. Gyokuro
on the other hand tea is regarded as the finest Japanese green tea as it is quite rare
and expensive. Gyokuro is grown under shade to improve its chlorophyll content. If
you want a fine tea with sweeter taste and less caffeine content, Gyokuro is a great

Matcha. In Japanese, matcha means "finely powdered tea." This type of beverage has
been completely pulverized. Its fine powder can be mixed with water and consumed
without straining. Such tea has about ten times the antioxidant power of regular
green teas. It is likewise very easy to incorporate into recipes.

Bancha. This kind of tea has a combination of green tea antioxidants and an intense
woody taste. Compared to other beverage, Bancha is inexpensive and low in caffeine.
It has two subtypes: Hojicha, which is a roasted reddish brown tea, and Genmaicha,
a delicate mixture of tea leaves and roasted rice grain.

Oolong and Black. These two types of teas are oxidized even longer before being
baked. Oolong is a cross between green and black tea. Some oolongs give in a
flowery taste, while others provide a more woody taste. Black is the most consumed
type of tea worldwide and is the most oxidized.

So the next time you grab your cup of tea, you can surely determine what type of
beverage you are enjoying and what it is made of.

About The Author

Josh Angelo

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Most Beneficial and Popular Types of Tea
by Josh Angelo
Tea drinking is a very common
activity across cultures. As tea
has been a favorite beverage for
centuries in various parts of the
world, it is only reasonable that
there are various types of tea
available today. Since tea
variations can be confusing to an
average consumer, here's a brief
guide to the most popular types
of teas.

Camellia Sinensis. Most teas
actually come from the camellia
sinensis bush. When the leaves
of the camellia sinensis are
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