A #didyouknow moment about Green Tea

#Didyouknow that every type of tea, except herbal tea, is brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush?
It is the level of oxidation of the leaves that determines the type of tea…green, white, black…. camellia_sinensis_-_kohler-s_medizinal-pflanzen-025

#Didyouknow there are over 100 varieties of Green Teas produced in China alone?
When we think of green tea we are generally only talking about the basic green teas we find at the supermarket…not even knowing or considering where they come from. We purchase and drink these “teas” blindly and don’t ask questions.

 But there is truly so much more to know…

  • Where does the tea come from?
  • Is it good quality tea?
  • How is the tea manufactured?
  • Is it a “clean” tea NOT contaminated by runoff waters and pesticides?
  • What are the different green teas available on the market?

This is what you should know before purchasing a Green Tea

FullSizeRender (4)Green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves  that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation applied when processing Camellia sinensis into oolong tea and black tea. It is for this reason that tea producing counties also produce black tea, especially China and Japan.  In order to manufacture green tea, the leaves are steamed or pan fired to deactivate the enzymes that contribute to oxidization. This is the additional step in the manufacturing process of green teas that is absent in conventional black tea production where oxidization is 100% (in most cases).

It is for this reason that green tea is considered one of the most delicate and purest teas of all. 


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How can Green Tea help you on your health journey?greentealeaves

How can you tell if it is a good quality, clean Green Tea?

Green teas can be found in various grades and price ranges. As Westerners, we don’t really understand this and often would think it’s crazy to spend over 10$ on an ounce of tea.  Asia values its teas, and as in some cultures, where wine tasting is considered an art….so is tea tasting in Eastern culture.

green-teaHow should a good green tea taste? I would say, a good quality green tea should not be too bitter, but rather have a natural sweetness, coupled with aromatic balanced flavours…smoother than a low quality green tea, and a slight…very slight viscosity. Most of all, you should still taste it on your tongue a few minutes after you sip it. It should not be “full-flavoured” but subtle…offering intense freshness.

#Didyouknow matcha tea comes from the same leaf as green tea….

It is in fact a Green Tea whereby you are drinking the actual tea leaves and not an infusion of the green tea leaves. The difference between regular green tea and matcha tea is in the preparation of the leaves themselves. Matcha production involves covering the green tea leaves from the sun….Why?

This triggers increased, more intense flavour thanks to the increased amount of chlorophyll the plant produces, and leads to higher concentrations of amino acids, especially L-theanine…that Japanese tradition says brings out the “umami” flavour of the tea, or the “savouriness”.

#Didyouknow that 1 in 4 teas tested in Canada have pesticides?

Yes….and the pesticide amount are actually over the limit allowed by Health Canada. Some of the teas have a particular pesticide banned worldwide.

Here is a link to the to a CBC Canada report about contaminated teas, as well as an article published in  www.thedailyhelathpost.com blog .


An essential factor to take into consideration is 

the altitude at which the tea leaves are harvested.


This is crucial because…

  • high altitude tea fields do not require the use of pesticide as insects are rarely present at certain altitudes
  • there is no risk of contaminated run-off waters tainting the fields

As we said earlier, there are 100’s of green tea varieties available from countries like China and Japan….so…

 I would really like to recommend 3 of my favourite premium green teas :

Genmaicha Green Tea

This speciality Japanese-style green tea, a high grade of Japan Sencha, is a uniquely blended green tea combined with fire-toasted rice. Genmaicha

Traditionally used by the poor and enhanced with brown rice to produce a fuller product, the rice can sometimes ‘pop’ during the ‘firing’, thereby giving the tea a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to its finish. Also known as ‘popcorn-tea’, it has become a worldwide favourite over the years.

Dragonwell Green Tea

The Qing Dynasty, the last Imperial Dynasty of China chose an authentic Dragonwell Ceremonia Dragonwell Green Tea.jpgGreen Tea as its tea of choice. Also known as Leung Chin Tea, this royal delicacy has been imitated by many. Our authentic Dragonwell, is hand-plucked in the Zhejiang Province, and pressed by hand through a 10 part process. It is distinguished by its bright emerald colours….and its sweet floral character.

Matcha Gymnema

This premium ceremonial grade Japanese matcha, harvested with Ayurveda’s purest quality gymnema sylvestre provides the exceptional metabolism-boosting properties of Japanese green tea, and the highly beneficial glucose-regulating properties of the gymnema sylvetsre in a unique proprietary blend.MatchaIN2.jpg


Choose wisely, and remember that price is very often an indication of quality.


 

Live well! Live healthy! Enjoy the Journey!


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