Monthly Archives: May 2007

White Tea

The least processed of all teas, the flavor of white tea is the closest to fresh, pure tea leaves. The leaves undergo two steps during processing. First, the leaves are withered and then they are immediately baked in the sun. Like black and green teas, white tea contains numerous antioxidant compounds called polyphenols (flavonoids and catechins specifically).

Catechins provide protective antioxidant action against harmful free radicals in the body. Research shows that these free radicals are involved in heart disease, some kinds of cancer and increase the risk of strokes. Due to its high antioxidant components, drinking white tea may potentially help to protect against cardiovascular disease, supports immune system function, may help to lower elevated cholesterol levels, promotes strength and integrity of blood vessels and helps to promote healthy teeth and bones.

In addition, white tea is a source of nutrients containing magnesium, managanese, potassium, calcium, and the vitamins C and K all in trace amounts.

White teas contain the least amount of caffeine of all teas, generally ranging in the cup from 5-15 milligrams.

White Narcissus Peony, also known as Pai Mu Tan (Pai means “white” and Mu Tan “peony”)-is a high quality, elegant White Tea. White Narcissus Peony tea is produced in China’s Fujian province during the early spring, by carefully selecting only the finest tender buds of the white tea plant. This results in a unique nutty, bamboo fragrance and a sweet, savory taste.

In the evening, sip white teas before or after a light meal or enjoy on its own to savor its subtle taste. To truly appreciate the delicate flavor avoid drinking with strong flavors or spicy foods and makes an excellent drink for those seeking the health benefits of Green Tea, but who prefer a more subtle flavor and aroma.

Rooibos Tea: Aspalathus linearia

Rooibos, is pronounced “roy-boss (the latin name is Aspalathus linearis), a South African flowering shrub. Rooibos contains numerous polyphenol anti-oxidants and trace amounts of the minerals: copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese and magnesium. – this tea contains almost no oxalic acid, making it a good beverage for people prone to kidney stones. -it is caffeine-free, free from additives and preservatives.

Rooibos has numerous health enhancement benefits, high in antioxidants and nourishing to immune system, supportive to the nervous system, used to alleviate nervous tension, headaches, insomnia, mild depression, and an elevated blood pressure.

My favorite rooibos tea is a Belgian Chocolate Rooibos blend. Delicious hot or cold, this tea contains the health benefits of Rooibos, which flavored with cacao pieces for a smooth, velvety chocolate-like experience. Stevia can be added in during the steeping process to create a sweeter tea, and adding rice dream or soy milk creates a delicious creamy chocolate beverage.

For an informative article on Rooibos, the antioxidant and nutritional composition and health benefits visit the American Botanical Council: