Sunday, November 30, 2008


Finally the terror night is over, the magical city of Mumbai in India is slowly coming to its usual from once again. We salute the Brave Hearts who saved this city , and we mourned deeply for those who lost their lives in this fierce battle may their soul rest in peace.
But we all know that the show must go on, so why not say cheers to life with a cup of tea.
Today I am going to share with you some secrets of white tea.
Like all teas, white tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are picked and harvested before the leaves open fully, when the buds are still covered by fine white hair. This gives the tea its name. White tea is scarcer than the other traditional teas, but many tea drinkers prefer white tea over all others.
The leaves are steamed or fried to inactivate oxidation, and then dried. The buds may also be shielded from sunlight during growth to reduce formation of chlorophyll.

White tea is excellent for your health. White tea is full of anti-oxidants that help ensure a healthy lifestyle. There is also much less caffeine in white tea than in other teas. (15mg per serving, compared to 40mg for black tea, and 20mg for green). Studies have also shown that white tea contains more active cancer-fighting antioxidants than even green tea.

A 2004 study at Pace University determined that white tea can help the body's immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. The same study concluded that fluoride-rich white tea helps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.
There are many varieties of white tea, with beautiful and descriptive names such as: white Persian melon, white ginger, golden moon, silver needle and white cloud. White teas are produced mainly in China and Japan, but the Darjeeling region of India (noted for its high quality Black Teas) also produces fine white teas.

White tea             ½ tbsp
Water 1cup
Sugar/ Honey 1/2tsp (optional)

The best way to infuse white tea is to use a high quality tea pot or infuser and then steep white tea in purified water that is below the boiling point. Use of high quality purified, oxygenated water will add to the flavor of the tea. As in this tea only buds are used so you have to add ½ tbsp of tea. Now strain it with a strainer. You can add a little bit of sugar or honey for taste but for health I will suggest to avoid this . If you want to stay healthy you can drink white tea twice daily.


1 comment:

Joie de vivre said...

I have some white tea in my cupboard, but it is a little disappointing. (It is high end Lipton, what else could I expect?) I'll have to give it another go sometime with a different brand.