What is White Tea?
White Tea is known to be minimally processed, which makes it one of the most delicate teas. It is harvested before the tea leaves fully open, when the buds are still covered by the white hairs, which is where the name White comes from. The buds and leaves are all handpicked and then quickly dried for a short oxidation process. White Tea is much less oxidized compared with green or black tea. The short oxidation process results in white tea being one of the freshest teas available.
History of White Tea
White Tea was first commercially produced in the 1700s when the white tea plants were discovered in the Fujian region in China. The tea buds were difficult to store and transport without damaging it, which is why a loose leaf version was later developed and expanded to other regions other than Fujian. Today, many Countries outside of China cultivate their own versions of white tea from different plant varieties.
White Tea Benefits
White tea is made from Camellia sinensis plant, which is the same as green tea and black tea. However, the processing method of these teas is different, with white tea being the least processed. Here are some of the main health benefits of White Tea:
- Reduce risk of heart disease - Polyphenols found in white tea may help reduce the risk of heart disease by relaxing the blood vessels and boosting immunity. It can also prevent bad cholesterol from becoming oxidized.
- Help with Losing Weight - White teas contain compounds such as caffeine and catechins, which helps to burn fat and boost metabolism by 4-5%, which is equivalent to burning 70-100 calories a day.
- Protects Teeth from bacteria - the flouride, catechins and tannins in White tea helps to strengthen the teeth by fighting bacteria and sugar, thus making the teeth surface more resistance to acid attacks from sugar.
- Contains compounds that may fight cancer - studies have shown that white tea have compounds that suppress certain types of cancer cells and prevent them from spreading.
- Combat Skin Aging - compounds in white tea can help protect your skin from internal and external aging by suppressing cellular components that may damage the fiber network that helps the skin stay firm.
- Protect against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases - compounds in white tea, like the polyphenol EGCG, helps to fight inflammation and stops proteins from damaging the nerves - which are two conditions linked with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Does White Tea Have Caffeine?
Compared with Green Tea or Black Tea, White Tea generally contains less caffeine, but this largely depends on where the White Tea was produced. The original Fujian White Tea plant has lower caffeine, so the white tea produced from this region has less caffeine. However, White tea produced from other locations may contain more caffeine.
What does White tea taste like
White tea is known for its delicate, beautiful aroma and flavour. It is commonly described as floral, glassy, honey, fruity, citrus, mild, subtle and sweet in flavour.