Where does Green Tea come from?
I was never sure where green tea is from. Green tea originated in China but its production and manufacture have spread to many other countries in Asia.
You have different kind of tea that comes from China, Japan, Korea. There are several varieties, which differ based on the variety of Camellia sinensis leaves, growing conditions, horticultural methods, production processing, and time of harvest.
Definition of Green Tea:
Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and bush that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas.
Loose leaf green tea has been the most popular form of tea in China. While Chinese green tea was originally steamed, as it still is in Japan, after the early Ming dynasty it has typically been processed by being pan-fried in a dry wok.
Other processes employed in China today include oven-firing, basket-frying, tumble-trying and sun-drying.
Popular green teas produced in China today:
- Chun Mee
- Gunpower tea
- Huangshan Maofeng
- Lu’an Melon Seed
- Taiping Houkui
- Xinyang Maojian
Tea seeds were first brought to Japan in the early 9th century. The oldest tea-producing in Japan is located near Kyoto. Today Japan’s most expensive premium teas are grown in Uji.
All Commercial tea produced in Japan today is green tea, though for a brief period black tea was also produced in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Japanese tea production is heavily mechanized and is characterized by the use of modern technology and processes to improve yields and reduce labour. Because of the high cost of labour in Japan, only the highest quality teas are plucked and processed by hand in the traditional fashion.
Japanese green teas have a thin needle-like shape and a rich, dark green colour. Unlike Chinese teas, most Japanese teas are produced by streaming rather than pan firing. This produces their characteristic colour and creates a sweeter, more grassy flavour.
Popular Japanese green teas include:
According to Record of Gaya, the legendary queen Heo Hwang-ok, a princess of the Ayodhaya married to King Suro of Gaya, brought the tea plant from India and planted it in Baegwolsan, a mountain in current Changwon.
However, it is a widely held view that systematic planting of the bushes began with the introduction of Chinese tea culture by the Buddhist monks around the 4th century.
Green tea was commonly offered to Buddha, as well as to the spirits of deceased ancestors.
Tea culture continued to prosper during the Goryeo Dynasty, with the tea offering being a part of the biggest national ceremonies and tea towns that were formed around temples.
Korean green tea can be classified into various types based on several different factors. The most common is the flush or the time of the year when the leaves are plucked (and thus also by leaf size).
Although numerous claims have been made for the health benefits of green tea, human clinical research has not provided conclusive evidence of any effects.
There is no conclusive evidence that green tea helps to prevent or treat cancer in people. A review of existing studies concluded that while suggestive evidence existed, it did not amount to a clear indication of benefit.
Cardiovascular disease. Green tea consumption may be correlated with a reduced risk of stroke.
Glycemic control. Green tea consumption lowers fasting blood sugar but in clinical studies the beverage’s effect levels were inconsistent.
I still enjoy a good cup of green tea in the evening, it helps me relax and sleep better. Please share your experience and if you have any favourite let me know.
I like the Green Tea from Kirkland, a blend of Sencha and Matcha. You can buy it in a big box of 100.