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Chinese White Tea
Brief Introduction to
Chinese White Tea
White Tea is a lightly oxidized tea grown and harvested almost exclusively in China, primarily in Fujian and Yunnan provinces. White tea comes from the delicate buds and younger leaves of the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant. These buds and leaves are allowed to wither in natural sunlight (also known as wilting) before they are lightly processed to prevent oxidation or further fermentation. This protects not only the delicate flavour of the white tea, but also retains high levels of the chemicals responsible for the tea’s health benefits. It contains more nutrients than its black or green cousins, making it the ultimate health tea. Some research reveals that white teas are much more powerful than green tea in preventing cancer and killing germs. Another study suggests that it may contain enough antioxidants to keep your skin young and beautiful. The name “white tea” derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance.
White tea is the least processed of all the tea types and most reflects the look of a natural, unadulterated tea leaf. Once the buds and a few of the freshest leaves have been gathered, they are allowed to wither slightly before being quickly baked dry. Many times, however, the withering stage can be skipped altogether. Due to the simplicity of this method, the processing of white tea is particularly susceptible to temperature or weather conditions, such as humidity, during drying. If the temperature is too hot during the drying process, the leaves may take on a reddish tint. Conversely, if it is too cold the leaves will acquire a blackish tint rather than remaining the silvery-white hue that white tea is famous for.
Fuding White Tea was originally produced on Taimu Mountain, Ningde. Fuding , Zhenghe, Jianyang and Songxi are the main growing and producing regions of white tea in China’s Fujian province. Fuding White Tea has two main varieties, Silver Needle White Tea and White Peony Tea, both of which are rare and thus precious in the world.
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