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Japanese Green Tea - Herbal Teas You Will Love

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Normal tea and Japanese Green Tea - What makes the teas different from one other? They come from the same plant and genus but what makes them distinctive from the other?

The teas differ in the way they are developed, reaped and treated. Regular teas are the one we usually come across everyday. These teas are mixed with traces of caffeine therefore sacrificing the natural ingredients along with the benefits. In contrast, Japanese green teas are cultivated, collected and treated with meticulous attention to improve and maintain the natural taste and benefits. There are major distinctions in the several types of teas so be vigilant to spot them. The focal points, which will be discussed later, will aid you in optimizing time and saving money. Be sure to select the one that is best for you.

Tea is an enduring plant that cultivates itself in high weather conditions. The tea flora prefers warm days, misty mornings and lots of rain. Tea shrubberies grow high but are regularly cut to make collecting of tea trouble-free. After being planted, tea shrubs can only be harvested after three years. If well-maintained and cared for, tea shrubs can give off tea for 50 years or more. Most green tea is carefully hand-picked to get the best quality tea. It is said that the best quality tea comes from the "flush" of the plant. The flush makes up two leaves and a sprout. Farmers, then, harvest the flush and cast them in a basket they carry on their backs.

Bancha has a milder flavor and lower status or standing compared to the other varieties of green tea. This type is usually harvested at the end of the season. Next type is the Genmaicha. This type of green tea tastes like a combination of Sencha (which is another type which will be described later) and crisp brown rice. What makes this tea unique is its toasty taste. Gyokuro is a high-quality green tea that grows in Japan. It has a sugary, mild taste and strong scent. It is in the shade 3 weeks before harvesting it. This type of green tea has leaves which are flat and pointed. Macha, another tea, is typically pulverized. This type requires a special brewing system as this is normally consumed in tea ceremonies in Japan. Another well-known green tea is the Sencha. This is green tea consumed by many on a daily basis. Like the Gyokuro, it has a sweet, sugary taste. But unlike the Gyokuro, it is grown directly under the sun. Among the Japanese green teas, this type has the highest quality of leaves.

There are indeed many types of teas to choose from. The best, however, are the Japanese Green Teas which are not stripped off of their natural ingredients and benefits. Some may not taste good as you expected but don't worry. There are more teas to choose from. The teas in this article are not complete though. Don't worry you will find the best Japanese Green Tea for you.



Aug 11, 2010 4:42pm
love herbal teas! Great article
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