Types of Green Tea : 8 Popular Green Teas To Drink
This blog discusses common types of green tea and what they do health-wise. You must understand that all green teas do more or less the same thing health-wise because they are all the same tea.
Some variation in vitamin and mineral content, caffeine and tannin amounts as well as pollutants do occur. These differences are due to growing conditions and regions where the tea is cultivated, and slight variations in processing techniques.
Hundreds of varieties of green teas are available on the market today. The following list describes the types of green tea you are likely to find on your natural grocery and health food store shelves.
First, the name of the tea is stated, then its country of origin to help you when you ask for it in a store or online. This is followed by a short description of each tea and a suggested health benefit.
1) Bancha (Japan)
Unlike most green teas, the coarse leaves are picked late in the season and harvested together with the stems and stalks to make bancha.
Tea masters will tell you that this brew tastes flat, but the Japanese drink it as a daily tea in the same way Americans
might drink Lipton’s black. To give bancha its due, it is cheaper than the higher grade teas and pairs well with most foods.
Another advantage is that it delivers a generous dose of digestive enzymes. Therefore, a major health benefit of bancha is to aid digestion.
2) Dragonwell (China)
The flat and shiny leaf of this acclaimed tea with its sweet, smooth flavor is among the earliest known Chinese teas. There are six quality grades of Dragonwell; the best is hand-tossed in special iron pans.
The liquid appears clear yellow, almost citrine-like. Therefore, it can represent the yellow hue in color healing. As with all green teas, Dragonwell is thought to help mitigate cancers such as the oesophagus.
3) Genmaicha (Japan)
This nutty, crispy tasting green sencha tea is sometimes called “popcorn tea” because the toasted rice with which it is mixed sometimes makes popping noises in the cup.
It is considered a good choice to serve to those whose palates are not familiar with green tea. The leaves are pan-fried before being combined with the toasted rice. Since genmaicha is a sencha tea, the health benefits are the same as for sencha tea.
4) Gyokuro (Japan)
The bushes of this superior quality tea are shaded by awnings during the last twenty days before harvesting. Keeping the leaves away from direct sunlight makes them produce more chlorophyll, resulting in a sweetly fragranced bouquet with a pure, vegetal taste. The flat, sharply pointed leaves look green in the brewed cup.
Because the leaves are shaded, they retain a high concentration of amino acids and other nutrients. Because amino acids are the building blocks for forming protein, people who are deficient in protein, such as some vegetarians and vegans, can benefit from drinking Gyokuro tea.
5) Gunpowder (China)
The name of Gunpowder tea comes from the way the blend of new and old greyish-green leaves is rolled to resemble gunpowder pellets or little pearls in shape and color. Small, tightly rolled pellets mark a better quality tea than the larger pellets. Gunpowder’s flavor is robust, almost like a black tea. This is due to the way it is processed with more oxidation than most greens.
Consequently, it also contains more caffeine. Because gunpowder tea contains more caffeine, it is a good tea to drink to stay alert. Gunpowder tea is also thought to promote weight loss, as are other green, black, yellow, and white teas.
6) Houjicha (Japan)
This tea receives its reddish-brown color, deep aroma, and nutty taste from roasting the large, flat leaves over charcoal. The procedure results in less caffeine than most green teas.
Houjicha makes a good choice for tea drinkers who are sensitive to caffeine. Like all green teas, houjicha makes a reasonable tea to drink to help prevent bladder cancer.
7) Matcha ( Japan )
The Japanese powder this shade-grown tea from the Fuji region and use it in their tea ceremony, a cultural tradition. Following tradition, producers crush the leaves in a stone mill. Since the entire leaf is powdered, the amino acids and nutrients are especially potent in this tea.
While it contains more caffeine than most greens, matcha also has a fair amount of the amino acid L-theanine, a natural relaxant. Therefore, it is a good tea to drink to relax.
Because of the concentration of amino acids in this tea, people who suffer from bone, tooth, or hair loss can drink it to positive effect.
8) Pouchong (Taiwan)
This tea from the Wenshan region is so named for the way the Cantonese used to package it in little paper packets. The flavor is mild enough that the tea is often found blended with scented teas and stronger green teas.
Rose pouchong is an especially delectable scented tea. The rose blossoms with which this tea is scented will add a trace of vitamin C, so it can be drunk to strengthen the immune system.