The process of green tea

Green tea is processed in a specific way that makes it a unique type of tea. The tea leaves are picked while still young on the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves are withered to dry them out slightly. Then heat is applied to halt oxidation, keeping the green color and to develop the flavor of the tea leaves. There are many traditions of shaping and rolling the tea leaves, this step depends on the specific green tea being created. The leaves are dried through the process of shaping or separately to remove 2 to 3 percent of the remaining water content.

There are many techniques to each of the steps in the tea making process. Techniques differ in region, tradition and type of tea.  All of these processes produce green tea. The main difference of green tea compare to other types of tea is the halting of the oxidation leaving the tell-tale green color and flavor.

 

References:

Tea: A User's Guide by Tony Gebely

Jane Pettigrew's World of Tea by Jane Pettigrew

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