Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world after from water. It is part of the Japanese and Chinese cultural tea tradition for centuries, but is more popular in China. It is a favorite staple in the Asian diets because its taste is fresher and more subtle than any other tea like oolong and black tea.
Chinese versus Japanese green tea
Green tea has many varieties but what’s the difference between Chinese and Japanese green tea? Both Chinese and Japanese green tea are considered premium tea. There is no remarkable distinction between these two types of green tea, except in the process of drying the green tea leaves.
Chinese green tea is oven-dried but Japanese uses steam-dry method. Chinese green tea go through pan-fry process to dry the leaves. The resulting tea is a mellow yet crisp flavor with a light golden liquid. Because of pan-frying, some green tea drinkers describe Chinese green tea as having chestnuts aroma. Steamed Japanese green tea, on the other hand, has a light grassy taste sometimes a little bitter and produces a deep green color.
Chinese green tea is grown in the borders of Fujian and Zhejiang, but Uji region in Kyoto grows the best Japanese green tea.
Green tea health benefits
Green tea provides plentiful benefits to health as shown in various scientific researches. If you have any health issue, you can drink green tea because it can:
- Help you lose weight
- Reduce cholesterol levels
- Calm the brain
- Improve skin
- Improve health of cancer patients
Quick facts about green tea
Here is a quick summary of green tea facts.
- Proven effective and healthy by scientific studies
- A natural oxidant because of its high and concentrated level of polyphenols
- Thiamine content produces a calming effect on the brain
- Good for skin care
- Weight loss drink for overweight and obese
- Low caffeine content but high in oxidants
- Powerful antioxidant against certain cancers
- Light and refreshing taste
Buying green tea
When buying green tea, choose fresh green tea to preserve its health benefits. Although brewing the whole tea leaf is more preferred, you can also buy green tea in tea bags available in the local stores.