GREEN TEA: MEANING, HEALTH BENEFITS, FLAVOR, AND STEEPING MISTAKES
Green tea is the most ancient of teas. It is the most talked-about tea for the associated health benefits.
There are thousands of flavors of green tea and have been prepared, packaged and sold out in different ways. Some are packaged as teabags other might be loose leaf.
The most common complaint regarding green tea is bitter and astringent taste, but if brewed properly most green teas have a fresh sweetness, often compared to the fresh flower.
Let’s first start with understanding green tea.
WHAT IS GREEN TEA?
Like all other tea types, green tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
The difference between green tea and other teas is the way they processed in the factory.
In green tea, the green color of leaves is preserved by arresting the natural oxidation process.
While in black teas, the dark color of tea leaves is intentionally developed.
In oolongs, the amount of oxidation is controlled to give them a different flavor.
And white teas are naturally dried and oxidized.
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
The brewed green tea seems to have a pale yellow color. The color can slightly change from pale yellow-green to brilliant jade green depending on which tea you are using.
Flavours can be sweet, creamy, smooth, bitter, fresh or grassy. In a cup, a sip of green tea can be reminiscent of honey, a gentle breeze passing through a stand of pines, or pure water washed over stones in a stream.
These transitory tastes are accomplished by sweet-smelling aromas that are refreshing, delicious and uncomplicated.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Green tea is thought to offer various health benefits.
By arresting the oxidation that causes the leaf to darken, it is believed that more of the valuable polyphenols are preserved.
Green tea is
1) Rich in Antioxidant
2) Rich in polyphenols
3) Promote a healthy immune system
4) Aids digestion
There are even more possible health benefits.
- It reduces the risk for heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol
- It helps keep blood sugar stable
- It improves brain functioning
- It can support weight loss.
- I may prevent various types of cancer, including bladder, breast, colorectal, skin and stomach cancer.
HOW TO BREW A PERFECT CUP OF GREEN TEA?
Many people complain about the bitter and astringent taste of green tea. There are many factors to consider like steeping time, water temperature, etc. behind a bitter cup of brewed it.
But it should not be a problem if you know the proper way to brew it.
The first most common mistake in brewing green tea is using boil water. The temperature between 170° to 180° F is best to brew most of the green teas.
It is also important to avoid steeping green tea for too long, as over-stepped green tea will cause more bitter liquor.