By Lia Blanchard
Tea. It’s the most-consumed drink in the world, and Art of Appreciation’s tea gifts are hugely popular, particularly around Mother’s Day. We thought this would be a great time to begin a series of tea articles explaining the different kinds of tea, including their ingredients, flavors, and processing methods.
It’s all the same plant
Despite their names, all true tea is brewed from the same plant, an evergreen known as camellia sinensis. Sinensis is Latin for “from China,” as the plant is native to the eastern and southern portions of Asia. Today, the plant is cultivated primarily in tropical or subtropical regions around the world.
The differing types and qualities of tea are determined by where the plant is grown, how and when the leaves are harvested, and most importantly by how they are processed.
The following articles in this series will explore how these variations play their part in producing black tea, green tea, and oolong tea, along with a few others. Whether you enjoy Earl Grey, steaming hot Chinese green tea or cold iced tea, be sure to have some with you when you settle down to read the next article on Friday!