The Tea Plant: Camellia sinensis
Yesterday as I was grocery shopping with my wife, one of the new items being showcased by the food exhibitor sort of caught my eye. At first glance, I thought, “Ho-hum, another brand of milk”, since it resembled those half-gallon milk cartons. Anyways, after closer inspection it was Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey … and no high fructose corn syrup or preservatives included. Just carbs from the honey … not bad! Tasted great, and with the ongoing special for 2 half-gallon cartons for $2, I couldn’t resist! So I’m enjoying a 1/2 cup of this chilled tea while writing this blog …
Anyways, backtracking to Saturday, I started thinking that maybe I could carve out my Sundays and write a blog post on the wonderful teas that are available to us and highlight their health benefits. And today, I would like to provide a brief orientation on teas.
When you discuss the topic of teas, it can get very involved and detailed, but I know, we all get bored quick. So, I will try to give you a brief and informative look at the types of teas and where they come from.
Cut From The Same Cloth
Did you know, or do you care … that tea is the 2nd most consumed beverage next to good ole’ water? And, did you know or do you care that the majority of tea leaves pretty much comes from one plant, known as the Camellia sinensis plant? Thought they came from different types of plants, huh? Okay, so now you know some tea trivia.
Here are the type of teas which have their origins from the Camellia sinensis plant:
Hmmm … lots of different types of teas but from the same plant, huh? Yup, and next week I’ll answer that “puzzle” and wrap up the “brief” introduction to teas.
Have a nice and restful Sunday!