Get To Know Green Tea

 

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Tea consumption has legendary origins dating back more than 4,000 years. Green tea is made from the unfermented leaves of Camellia sinsesis (the same plant that gives us black and oolong teas). It originated in Southeast Asia, around the confluence of the lands of northeast India, north Burma, the southwest Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of China and Tibet. Over the centuries, the plant was introduced to more than 52 countries. Countless varieties of green tea have been developed in the countries where it is grown, and these varieties (all cultivars of the same species, Camellia sinensis) can differ markedly in aroma, color and taste due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing and harvesting time.

Green tea is commonly harvested three times per year. The first flush, which brings the best-quality leaves, takes place in late April to early May. The second harvest usually takes place from June through July and the third picking occurs in late July to early August. Once harvested, green tea is processed using either artisanal or modern methods. Sun-drying, basket or charcoal firing and pan-firing are common artisanal methods, while oven-drying, tumbling and steaming are common in the modern industry. Once processed, green teas are stored under low humidity refrigeration and then go through a final firing before blending, selection and packaging. The partially processed, refrigerated leaves will be re-fired throughout the year as they are needed, giving the green teas a longer shelf-life and better flavor.

Chinese green teas are made from over 600 different cultivars of the Camellia sinensis plant, giving a profuse variety of regional teas. Chinese green teas are traditionally pan-fired, unlike the Japanese steaming process. Due to these different production processes, Chinese teas are said to have a more “earthy” taste than Japanese teas. In China, Zhejiang Province is home to the most famous of all teas, Xi Hu Longjing, as well as many other high-quality green teas. Longjing (literally, “dragon well”), probably the most well-known green tea in China, originates in Hangzh, the capital of Zhejiang Province. It is pan-fired and has a distinctive flat appearance.

Green tea is ubiquitous in Japan and is commonly known simply as “tea.” Japanese green tea is made from the Yabukita cultivar. Japanese steamed green teas have a more “vegetative” or “leafy” taste, with the exception being hojicha, a Japanese roasted tea. Japanese green teas are categorized by the age of the leaves, with young leaves called sencha. The large, mature leaves are used for bancha, which is the most common tea in Japan. Bancha is a good tea with a nice aroma, pleasant strong, astringent taste and a sweet aftertaste.

Here at Yogi, we make 11 delicious products with green tea. Made with the finest organic green tea leaves from China, India and Sri Lanka, our green teas are purposefully formulated with herb and spice combinations with both flavor and purpose in mind. Click here to learn more about our Green Teas!

Be well,
~Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa


7 Comments

  • Kathy says:

    I still do not understand tea…I love a nice hot cup with milk
    This Yogi tea is way outta my price range…even with a coupon
    I settle for store brand tea and just drink that…if you made this more affordable for
    us older folks on a small…when I say small I mean SMALL fixes income

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Kathy! Here at Yogi, we work hard to produce a wide variety of teas that are formulated with both flavor and healthful purpose in mind. The Yogi collection combines over 100 exotic spices and botanicals from around the world to create 60 delicious varieties of tea, and the suggested retail price of our teas takes into account the cost associated with sourcing these high quality ingredients. To help offset the cost of our teas, we welcome you to visit our online Well-Wishes program, where you can request a $1-off coupon and samples for yourself, or send them to a friend. Just visit: http://www.yogiproducts.com/well-wishes/.

    We also invite you to join the Yogi newsletter, which will keep you up to speed with the latest Yogi news and promotional offers. To sign up, just click on the ‘Newsletter’ link here on our website at the top of the page.

    Thank you again & Be well!

  • Kathy Sargent says:

    Thank you for your response to my Moms’s question/comment
    She needs to drink more tea as she is starting Chemo soon and needs
    to just have a boost of health and energy, I had no idea she was even looking into
    the Yogi teas…rest assured if she wants Yogi tea, she will get Yogi tea !
    This is her third round “fight” with this invader…she will not sat the ”C” word
    and she has decided this time all natural foods and healthy teas for her..gotta love her !!
    She is one tough lady.
    Again, thanks for your response…may all your family be healthy and happy.

  • Yogi says:

    You’re welcome, Kathy! Please note that here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions as well as how the ingredients in our teas interact with medications and prescription drugs. In light of your mother’s condition and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend that she consults her qualified healthcare provider with any questions she may have about her individual health and her consumption of Yogi teas. A qualified healthcare provider is best suited to identify any substances to which your mother may be uniquely sensitive during chemo, as well as to make a recommendation in light of her personal medical profile.

    Thank you again, and we wish you and your mother the best of health!

  • Quintessential Queen says:

    This tea is most enjoyable! Of course, I too live with a strict budget, but this tea is one of my chosen sacrifices! Similar to a fine pair of designer shoes you eye for three days, and finally you make the great sacrifice and purchase those impeccable shoes. Likewise, the Kombucha tea. Truly, the benefits of enjoying organic quality tea are quintessential.

  • Toseef says:

    Hi I am using the yogi detox tea. Does it help with weight loss? If not please recommend any tea that does. And does green tea with lemon and ginger help with weight loss also? Plz ans.

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Toseef! At this time, we do not make any teas that are specifically formulated to help with weight loss. However, you might be interested in our Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life and Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life teas. Both are formulated to help give you the energy you need to maintain an active lifestyle while dieting. We hope this is helpful and welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com with any further questions. Thank you & Be well!

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