Artículos de Julio 2013

TEA

Lunes, 1 Julio 2013

                                   

Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour that many people enjoy.

Tea likely originated in China as a medicinal drink. It was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century. Drinking tea became popular in Britain during the 17th century. The British introduced it to India, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on the product.

Tea has been historically promoted for having a variety of positive health benefits.

The phrase “herbal tea” usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs made without the tea plant, such as rosehip tea, chamomile tea, or rooibos tea. Alternative phrases for this are tisane or herbal infusion.

Teas can generally be divided into categories based on how they are processed.

All tea is produced from a plant called Camellia sinensis. The thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world only vary by the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the processing method.

Each type of tea has its own characteristics including a different taste and differing health benefits.

White Teas

White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. This loose leaf tea brews a light colour and flavour. White teas also contain healthy antioxidants and are the best for skin and complexion.

Green Teas

Green tea is the most popular type of tea, mainly because it is the beverage of choice in Asia. Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavoured teas. Green teas contain healthy antioxidants. They help maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range, are good for skin and teeth, and can be used as part of your diet to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Oolong Teas

Oolong tea is full-bodied with a flavourful fragrance and sweet aroma. Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the Chinese tea served in Chinese restaurants. Oolong teas can be a healthy part of your weight loss plan.

Black Teas

Black tea is the tea most people know since you likely grew up dipping tea bags of black tea in your cup. Black teas help maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range, as well as helping to maintain cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system.

Herbal Teas

Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbal teas can be broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas, and herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. Herbal teas are rich in vitamin C. They can be delicious hot or iced.

Rooibos Teas

Rooibos tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush. This premium tea is a healthy source of vitamins and minerals; it also contains antioxidants. Rooibos teas help promote digestion, support your immune system, and promote healthy skin, teeth and bones. Rooibos teas can be delicious hot or iced.

Mate Teas

Mate tea is considered the coffee lover’s favourite tea. Made from the leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant, mate teas give the same energy as coffee without the jitters. They also may curb your appetite and contain 21 vitamins and minerals.

Blooming Teas

Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually ‘bloom’ as they steep. They are hand tied by tea artists and often include some type of flavour or scent along with the beautiful design.

Tea Blends

Tea blends often have the best of both worlds since they combine more than one type of premium tea. Mixing teas in a blend is one of the best ways to get great flavour along with great health benefits.