Tea Leaf Beginnings

What is your favorite type of tea?

Is it a Green Tea, Black Tea or perhaps an Oolong? It doesn’t matter which kind you sip, it all stems from one plant!

I know- it boggled my mind too! I thought for sure there were dozens of tea plants!

How do so many variations of tea come from one plant?  

Well, I’m not a botanist so my answer is simple.

All tea leaves come from a plant called Camellia sinensis, which is indigenous to China and India. But is grown all over the world. 
I wonder if it could be a house plant?  Hmmm, something to read up on!

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The leaves are harvested and left to oxidize.
It is the level of oxidation that determines what type of tea the leaves will become.  

To produce a black tea, the leaves are fully oxidized and would then deliver a darker brew & higher caffeine content than say a green tea.

This is my simple synopsis of tea leaf beginnings. Really, no matter which leaves you choose to brew, you really can’t go wrong!

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