Green tea has been the most popular drink in Asian countries for centuries. But, in the Western world, black tea has been overwhelmingly more popular than green tea until recently. But, as we have learned more about green tea’s unique taste and many health benefits, it has gained popularity all over the world.
Green tea is called Camellia Sinensis (Latin). It comes from the same evergreen shrub that black tea comes from. Green tea is obtained by the light steaming of fresh tea leaves. The light processing method of tea leaves to make green tea leaves behind polyphenols, including the powerful antioxidants proanthocynadin and catechin.
Although it’s been known in places like China and Japan for thousands of years, the green tea sensation is just now sweeping countries in North America and Europe. This tea is now well known and loved for its smooth flavor and incredible benefits. Green tea, in fact, is enjoyed with extra flavors, such as honey and lemon or citrus, as an iced tea drink and steeped and steamed like other forms of tea.