Green Tea

Green tea, with its rich history and diverse varieties, is a cornerstone of China’s tea culture. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which are quickly pan-fried or steamed to halt oxidation, preserving the natural green hue and delicate flavors.

The harvesting of Chinese green tea is a meticulous process, often tied to specific seasonal events. For instance, the prized Pre-Qing Ming teas, including the Imperial Long Jing, are picked just before the Qing Ming festival in early April. These early spring teas are highly sought after for their superior flavor.

Beyond its delightful taste, Chinese green tea is also valued for its health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, particularly catechins like EGCG, which have been linked to cardiovascular health, cognitive function enhancement, and potential cancer prevention. The tea’s anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce oxidative stress contribute to its reputation as a beverage that promotes overall well-being.