Green Tea (like regular black tea ) comes from leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant.
Unlike black tea, green tea leaves are steamed or baked at high temperatures, shortly after they are plucked. When the leaves are prepared this way many of the important health-promoting properties (known as polyphenols which I discussed here) are preserved. This creates all the wonderful health benefits that I talked about in ‘Green Tea- Anti-Cancer Beverage?’
When you are buying Green Tea I suggest to buy Organic. Organic means that the plant was raised without synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.
My favorite kind is Big Green Hojicha which has a wonderful earthy taste.
I recommend brewing the tea for 3-5 minutes. The polyphenol content increases with steeping time. Then sit, relax, and enjoy!
Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CTT, CBP