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Every kind of tea is excellent in its own way
Price tags in tea shops now reflect the color of the tea.
The most popular tags are red, yellow, and green. The color
of tea depends on a degree of oxidation (fermentation) of tea
leaves prior to drying. Every variety has it own beneficial
White Tea for the Nobility White tea is hand-picked
in early spring. Only top two leaves barely from the bud are
delicate leaves are covered
with white fluff that is preserved during the quality treatment.
To prevent the oxidation, leaves are first treated with steam
than quickly dried out. No twisted leaves should be present
in a cup of quality white tea. In short, it takes a lot of
effort to produce the tea. That is why it is pretty expensive.
They say that the white tea is a beverage of aristocrats.
Red (other than Karkade) Ill-trained waitresses in cheap cafes
call karkade 'red tea' but it is wrong. Karkade is thought
to be flower tea. It is
made by infusing dry petals of the hibiscus. The brew is very
good for people with cardiovascular diseases, hypertension,
and kidney problems. Genuine red tea is equally good. The red
tea contains a lot of tannin, and almost twice as much catechin
as the black tea does. There are about 30 varieties of the
Green Tea This is the "elder brother" of the white
tea. It is produced using the same technology. However, mature
are used instead of buds. That is the reason why this tea is
cheaper than the white one. Tea leaves get twisted during the
drying procedure. The leaves are not subjected to fermentation
and therefore green tea contains a lot of good things. Green
tea reportedly has excellent anticancer properties and loads
of vitamin C.
Black Tea Legend has it that this variety came into being
due to misunderstanding and laziness. According to some historians,
could not remove bags of tea leaves from plantations because
of heavy fog. The leaves got swollen by the next morning. Bosses
ordered to keep the bags. Then somebody made a brew using tea
leaves from the wet bags. The brew happened to be strong and
aromatic. It is a great pity, though, that some good substances
and vitamins fall apart in black tea.