When it comes to tea, green tea has been in the spotlight for quite some time. Green tea is known to be an antioxidant powerhouse, reducing formation of free radicals, and protecting cell damage in the body. This helps in preventing against heart disease and certain types of cancers.
However, it is not only green tea that has proven to be an antioxidant powerhouse. We may be neglecting its lesser known sibling, white tea.
White tea has also proven to contain high-levels of antioxidants.
Did you know? Green tea and white tea come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference between these two types of tea is that green tea is slightly more processed. Because white tea is less processed (it is steamed then quickly dried), it retains more antioxidants compared to green. This topic is still being studied, but we do know that white is up there with green when it comes to antioxidant content.
A little bit about it: White tea is mostly harvested in the Fuijian Province in China. One of the most popular white teas is called silver needle (bai hao yin zhen, for those whose chinese is much better than mine) can only be harvested during a short period of time in early spring, making it rarer than most teas. White tea generally has less caffeine than green tea and flavor wise, it is more subtle and light.
So why is white tea not as popular as green tea? I think one of the reasons is its price. Because it can only be harvested for 1-2 weeks out of the entire year, it tends to be more expensive than most teas.
Whether it is green or white tea you’re consuming, you are still getting a dose of antioxidants and putting something good into your body. If you’re not into the “grassy” flavor of green tea, perhaps you will enjoy the subtlety of white tea.
Have you tried white tea? What is your favorite kind of tea?