Chinese Green Tea Consumption And Its Effect On Health

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Although there’s a lot of research out there on the subject, there’s still little direct evidence that drinking Chinese green tea will have any real, long-term effects on human health. Many people drink Chinese green tea in place of coffee or other caffeine-rich beverages, since caffeine is a stimulant and the tea can act like a mild sleep aid when you’re fatigued. In some cases, drinking it may actually be helpful. Here are some things you should know.

Most Popular Variety Is Called Wu Yi

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The Camellia sinensis plant grows in the southern parts of China, mostly in Anhui province. The most popular variety is called Wu Yi, which is also the name of the variety of tea itself and is native to Wuyi County, Guizhou Province. In addition to being the most common variety of tea, Wu Yi also has the most distinctive flavor. Whereas most teas come from the northern part of the plant, which is known as Oolong, Wu Yi comes from the southern region, which is called Long Yin.

The first flush of flavor from Chinese green tea is described as grassy and light. It is often described as very strong and earthy, with some tannin. The fuller, stronger buds that are found after the first flush are described as being more pungent. This is the sort of tea that many people first start off drinking, since the flavors don’t linger too long.

Two Main Styles Of This Chinese Tea

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There are two main styles of this Chinese tea: wu-yi (traditional) and jasmine (transferred to later names such as Japanese sencha) long. There are also “local” style green teas, such as those sold in restaurants and grocery stores in China. Jasmine tea is sometimes considered inferior to its jasmine brothers, in part because it is rarely rolled in flour to produce the same dense and delicious tea.

All jasmine-style green teas are processed in the same way: they are steamed and then dried. Except for some varieties that have been crossbred with genmaicha, most leaves are steamed until tender, then they are either withered or fired in a hot oven. The final step is to make the leaves either lighter or darker to achieve a more balanced flavor.

You Can Store In Refrigerator For Up To Six Weeks

During storage, Chinese green teas tend to stay moist to preserve their flavor. They are best steamed or microwaved (care should be taken not to overheat them), then laid out on a pan or placed in a steamer. At this point, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. On the brighter side, this brief time will extend their shelf life significantly.

Many Chinese green teas are available, including genmaicha, anhui, and liu wen. Genmaicha and anus are harvested during the late summer and fall. Liuwen, which is often sold dry in the Chinese market, is typically harvested around the springtime. In terms of flavor, this plant tends towards a grassy flavor with accents of lemon and flower. The leaves of acacia can be found in stores and are generally less expensive than the more commonly-known arch tea leaves.

Summing Up

As more research is done on Chinese green teas, the relationship between its consumption and various health conditions may be clarified. However, it is already clear that the benefits of this drink are numerous. Because of its low cost and quick consumption, it is ideal for those on a tight budget, but also for regular consumers who wish to improve their health and possibly lower their expenses. For consumers who want to try this alternative but are unsure of its benefits, it is good evidence to look into the pros of its consumption.

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