Loose White Teas

Written by Seth Cotterell
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White tea is one of the most interesting and least understood teas in the United States. It does not have near the popularity of green tea or black tea. Many tea shops don't even carry this delightful variation. It is a shame too, because white tea is not only delicious, it is also good for your body.

Delicate White Tea

White tea is a very delicate tea. It is made by taking the youngest leaves from the plant. These leaves exhibit the white appearance that gives the tea its name. Once the perfect leaves are chosen, they are steamed then set out to dry. No other processing is done to the white tea leaves. They are not fermented, oxidized, rolled, or withered. This allows the leaves to retain their high concentrations of vitamins and minerals.

Like many teas, white tea is quite good for you. Some teas contain fluoride for strong bones or vitamin C for a stronger immune system. Other teas are shown to reduce the risk of stroke and cellular damage caused by free radicals. White teas are best known for containing cancer fighting properties.

Not only is white tea healthy, but it is amazingly tasty as well. The various white tea flavors include peony and silver needle. White tea is one of the most refreshing of all tea varieties. It is not too bold or overpowering as some of the stronger teas are, but is light and relaxing. It is highly aromatic and inhaling the vapors can be immensely calming.

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