White tea is the least processed tea from the Camellia Sinensis plant, it is as though you plucked the fresh young bud and leaf, and directly dehydrated after harvesting. It is little processed to prevent any oxidation- it is plucked and then wither dried. It produces a delicate, bright, floral clean tasting tea that has unmatched aroma. It is named white tea; not because the tea liquid it produces is white, but because of the fine silver- white "hairs" that cover the tiny unopened bud.
White tea must be harvested at precisely the right time of year, and a white tea plant can only be harvested for about 5 years, then the whole plant must be cut back so that fresh new tea can grow.
White tea has been appreciated by connoisseurs and tea lovers for many years, though it is just starting to make its way into the hearts of the masses. It is the subtlest of all teas and only utilizes the highest quality young leaf to produce the its delicate flavor. It is similar in its chemical makeup, and health benefits of green tea.
Health Benefits of White Tea
White tea is known for having the least amount of caffeine, though each crop and plant can vary.
Heart Disease Prevention - researchers have discovered that white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system.
Support Bone health - with regular white tea consumption, your bones with become stronger. White tea is for perfect for people with osteoporosis and arthritis.
Antibacterial Effect - the antioxidants in white tea protect the immune system and fight against viruses, it also inhibits the cold and flu viruses.
Healthy Teeth and Gums - white tea contains fluoride, which is important to keep your teeth healthy and strong. It protects the mouth from the bacteria which provokes tooth decay, plaque, and bad breath.
Healthy Skin - the stress of daily life and a poor diet can bring about early signs of aging, but white tea may reduce fine lines and wrinkles- keeping your skin young and healthy looking.
Guidelines for Preparing The Perfect Cup of White Tea
Be attentive with your water temperature and steeping times for white tea, as it is very delicate. We suggest following the specific suggestions on your bag of tea, but here are some guidelines.
1.5 tsp of loose tea for every 8oz of water. 180F/85C for 3-3.5 minutes.