Just like any other Kenyan tea (Black or Green), White tea is also derived from Camellia sinensis. Only the youngest leaves, the buds are gently hand plucked. The buds which contains highest concentrations of catechins, are then withered at low temperatures, hand rolled and naturally dried. The processing method allows maximum retention of the antioxidants and polyphenols. Kenyan White tea brews produces a brisky flavor with slight sweetness and teas can be infused severally. The process of making White tea is very tedious and only a Kilo of White tea can be made per day, making White tea.
White tea is liked for its great source of anti-oxidants which have been shown to lower the risk of heart diseases, protect against cancer and is also known to reduce cholesterol.
The name “white tea” derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. The beverage itself is not white or colorless but pale yellow and light to the taste.
Some of the facts about white tea, especially in relation to green and black teas, are:
• Higher anti viral properties. White tea provides more antiviral properties than both green tea and black tea, as a result of its minimal processing.
• More amino acids. Because it is harvested from buds and leaves that are much younger than when black and green tea are harvested, it also has more amino acids.
• More antibacterial abilities. White tea also contains a stronger concentration of antibacterial qualities than do green or black tea. High levels of catechin and gallic acid are also beneficial to the body.
• Higher antioxidant capabilities. Most teas contain antioxidants that are good at cleansing the body of toxins that accumulate throughout the years as a result of pollutants in the air, undigested particles of food, and waste build up. The high levels of antioxidants found in white tea are better at flushing out these toxins, leaving you healthier and more energized.
• Greater cancer fighting abilities. Certain types of teas have been shown to help fight harmful cancer cells and build up cancer-fighting cells within the body. White tea contains the most properties of the various types of tea to help ward off certain types of cancer.
• Greater effect on stress levels. The higher levels of amino acids found in white tea have a better effect on stress levels than black and green teas as well. These acids contain more properties that enhance the mood and lower the stress levels.
Because it is rare, white tea is frequently more expensive than black, green, and other types of tea. However, the health benefits you will receive from drinking white tea are worth it!