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!
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!