White tea is a lightly oxidized tea named because of the fine silvery-white hairs that present a whitish appearance. It is quite rare and expensive.
✔ The leaves and buds are allowed to wither in natural sunlight before they are lightly processed to prevent oxidation or further tea processing.
✔ The beverage itself is not white or colorless but pale yellow.
✔ It retains peak levels of antioxidants.
✔ Its downy white leaves impart a mild, gentle flavor reminiscent of sweet melon or honey.
✔ Helps reduce chronic inflammation by protecting the body against damage from free radicals.
✔ Helps relax blood vessels, boosts immunity, and prevents bad cholesterol from becoming oxidized thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.
✔ Helps the body burn fat and boost metabolism.
✔ Helps fight bacteria that cause plaque on teeth.
✔ Lowers the risk of insulin resistance and improves blood sugar control.
BEST TIME TO DRINK: In the morning and 30 minutes to one hour after every meal.
TIPS IN TEA PREPARATION
A good cup of tea is easy to prepare which can warm the heart and soul of a tea lover but can be disappointingly tasteless when improperly steeped. Decide which type you want to brew, then heat the water and pour it over the tea. Let it steep for the right amount of time then remove the tea. Enjoy the tea on its own or with milk or honey.
Steep Time Recommendation:
Black Tea usually steeps for 4-5 minutes
Green, Oolong, Jasmine Lovers for 3 minutes
Silver Needle White Tea for 4 minutes
How to Make Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea:
Yield: Makes 1/2 Gallon
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1. Heat half a gallon of water in a saucepan until almost boiling
2. Scoop 4 tablespoons loose tea into the hot water
3. Steep for 3-4 minutes
4. Pour steeped tea through a strainer into a tea jug (Optional: if sweet tea is desired, scoop 1/3 cup of sugar into a 1/2 gallon tea pitcher)
5. Stir, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve
6. Serve over ice and enjoy!