How do these two wonderful types of tea differ and is one considered more beneficial than the other?
Green Tea and Black Tea are two of the main varieties of tea available today. Both of these tea varieties are grown from the Camelia Sinensis plant that is native to the continent of Asia. Each tea is processed and rolled in a different method which results in the varying coloration, taste, and flavor. How are Black Tea and Green Tea different (aside from the color!)? How do they taste different?
Processing – Black Tea is harvested from the Camelia plant and then rolled to create smaller pieces of tea leaf. Once rolled, Black Tea is then oxidized to produce its dark coloration and flavor. The tea is kept in a controlled environment during this process and monitored frequently. Green Tea alternatively is harvested and then withered. It does not undergo any oxidation and can also be heated to prevent this process from happening.
Taste – Black Tea is considered to have a stronger and full-flavored taste. The oxidation process causes this stronger flavor and Black Tea is often watered down with milk if a strong flavor is not desired. Green Tea alternatively has a milder flavor that is considered to be fresh and invigorating. It is quite an acquired taste and can often be sweet depending on the type of Green leaf used.
Appearance – Black tea leaves have an extremely dark coloration that appears dark brown (almost black) with lighter hints of brown highlights. A cup of Black Tea produced a dark color also. Green tea leaves, on the other hand, are usually a mixture of different shades of Green and a cup of Green Tea has a much lighter and transparent color.
Green Tea is often considered to be the healthier option, but Black Tea does have a myriad of health benefits too that differ slightly to Green Tea. Both types of tea create an extremely pleasant and refreshing drink that will keep you hydrated and feel fresh!