Properties and benefits of white tea
The tea Bush, which produces white tea, grows in the mountains of China’s Fujian province at an altitude of 1000 meters. White tea in China drank at the court of the Emperor, and since that time him its fame as the “elixir of life”. According to one legend, the Chinese Emperor was sitting under a tree with a bowl of boiled water in which the leaf fell from the tree. Eating the infusion, the Emperor admired his taste, so began the history of white tea.
White tea is divided into several types. The most valuable of them are “White peony (Pai Mu tan) and “Silver needle (Yin Zhen).
For the manufacture of the best grades of white tea used tea buds and one or two upper leaves of the tea Bush. Collect them only twice a year, first in April and again in September. In this collection takes place exclusively in the early morning, namely, from 5 to 9 hours. And, not to spoil the exquisite fragrance of tea, the workers on the plantations are forbidden to drink before work the garlic, onions, and various spices, so as not to spoil the delicate aroma of tea. After collecting tea alternately dried in the sun and in the shade. After this treatment, the kidneys and the back of the leaves remain silvery-white hairs, thanks to whom the tea was named white. In addition, the leaves of white tea unlike many other types of teas are not subjected to twisting, and remain whole, slightly deformed due to drying of leaves, while preserving its natural color. White tea has a delicate sweet flavor and subtle aroma. Tea color varies from very pale yellowish color to an amber color.
White tea is perhaps the most valuable health tea. This is because unlike other types of tea, it exposed itself to easy processing, enabling it to retain all their nutrients, which in the white tea a lot. The composition of white tea polyphenols, bioflavonoids, vitamins (C, B1, P), minerals.
White tea helps prevent the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system, is an excellent prevention of cancer, strengthens the immune system, has antioxidant properties, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, helping blood, improves digestion, prevents tooth decay and Tartar buildup, helps with bronchitis, lung diseases, sore throat, cleanses the blood, liver and kidneys. Has a cooling effect in hot weather, has a beneficial effect on the nervous system, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, displays the body of heavy metals, useful in cases of poisoning, helps fight obesity.
To prepare white tea is a glass, ceramic or porcelain, it would be better if it will not brew other teas that can change its aroma and unique white tea. Brewing white tea need soft water, whose temperature is 60-70 degrees. Infuse for 2-5 minutes. As for proportianate water and tea, it all depends on the type of tea and your individual preferences, but it is usually recommended to brew 1-2 teaspoons of tea per Cup of water. Re-infuse the same tea leaves can be 3-4 times. To drink black tea without additives in the form of sugar, lemon, milk, etc.
Store white tea is recommended in a ceramic dish with a tight-sealing lid, in a cool dry place, away from foods with strong smell.
Choosing white tea, pay attention to its color, it needs to be green or gray-green. If you find twisted, broken leaves dark color, it means that you are trying to sell a fake. Unscrupulous sellers can pass off as white green tea, well as apparently these varieties are similar. Therefore, it is recommended to buy white tea only in specialized well-established shops.