Primula White Tea
Black and Green tea is widely recognized by tea-drinkers worldwide. But recently, a new tea has been making headlines. White Tea is showing up more and more in the US. While it’s well-received and quite popular in Asia, White tea has been virtually nonexistent in North America, until lately. But a sudden interest is taking place in White Tea, due to its’ delicate flavor and the healthy benefits it can provide. Chefs in Four Star restaurants, Medical Researchers, and the enthusiastic Tea aficionados are touting that soon White Tea will be known as the “hottest” new food trend.So what has gotten people so interested in this little known tea? Probably the delicious taste that is considerably different than its counterpart. White Tea’s flavor is described best as a silky sweet flavor. It is noted to be lacking in the “grassy leaf-like” taste that so many Green Tea drinkers look for.
The difference in taste is due to the way it’s handled after plucking. All three teas come from the same plant, the Camilla Sinensis. But White Tea is processed differently than Green Tea and Black Tea. It is during this process (the leaves are merely withered to remove moisture, then dried) that the nutrients and polyphenols are retained to provide the most health benefits. In fact, studies have shown that White Tea contains more of the active cancer-fighting antioxidants than green tea retains. It’s been shown to help provide healthier skin and complexion, better body hydration and promote detoxification.
White Tea also has less caffeine than the other varieties. A cup of White Tea contains 15mg per serving, while Green Tea has 20mg and Black Tea 40mg of caffeine. This is a huge difference when compared to the caffeine content in the average cup of java -A cup of plain brew coffee possesses a whopping 135 mg!
White Tea was the drink of Royals in the Chinese Dynasty, dating as far back as 618 AD. It was known as the Emperor’s Drink and the “commoners” were not permitted to drink it. Thankfully around the 19th century, more tea bushes were cultivated, which meant this delicious tea wasn’t just reserved for Royalty.
Why is it called White Tea? White Tea’s namesake originated from its’ immature leaves being plucked before the fuzzy silver-coated buds on the tree have fully opened. The downy buds turn white when the tea is dried, hence giving the tea its name- White Tea. But don’t expect the tea to be white in color, as the partial fermentation the leaves go through give them a distinct reddish color and that “flowery” flavor.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to picking White Teas. But the best, and rarest (and consequently the priciest) is the Silver Needle White Tea. This is because these handpicked tea buds are only harvested two days out of the year! (You wouldn’t want to call in sick that day if you’re a tea-plucker!) The Silver Needle White Tea is also great for adding to a bath or grinding into a powder and adding to a facial mask.
So if you’re looking for the hottest new trend, and a flavorful, yet delicate new beverage- consider brewing yourself a nice cup of White Tea. Its subtle natural aroma and flavor will have you reaching for this treat any time of the day. And while you savor the delicious sweet brew, you can feel good about loading up your body’s immune system with White Tea’s healthy anti-oxidants. These flavonoids are well-known for helping fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria.
So take time, enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Primula White Tea. There’s no better way to Enjoy your Day!