Black, Green, White, Red Tea? What’s the difference?

Posted by on June 30, 2011

Black, Green, White, Red Tea? What’s the difference?

Black, green, white or red, these teas are made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The difference between black, green and white is the oxidation/fermentation and drying process.

White–young tea leaves,dried, but not fermented.
Green—mature leaves, steamed, not fermented, dried.
Black teas, are called black because the leaves turn black after
drying, fermentation process. These are allowed to dry naturally,
then fermented, fired and dried.
So red tea? Where does that come in?
“In some Asian cultures, they label the tea by the color in the cup.
So red tea is actually black tea product, but the tea appears red in
the cup.

Another red tea is the Rooibos plant (of the Aspalathus genus), found in the Cederberg mountains of South Africa … is often commercially marketed as Red tea.” –Wikipedia

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