White Tea

White Tea

Presently there is no general accepted definition of white tea and very little global agreement. One source says that white tea is minimally processed tea (just drying, no fermentation or other treatments). Another states that "white tea is made from buds and young leaves, which are steamed or fired to inactivate polyphenol oxidase, and after that dried.". It is harvested mainly in China, mainly in the Fujian province, however more just recently it is produced in Eastern Nepal, Taiwan, Northern Thailand, Galle and India. White tea comes from the buds and leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves and buds are enabled to wither and dry in natural sun. The name "white tea" obtains from the great silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. The drink itself is colorless or not white however light yellow, light to the taste, and is complimentary shaped.

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