Most of us are familiar with a variety of Chinese teas that our available in supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. They range from the simple black tea, the green tea to infused and scented teas. Which Chinese tea is your favourite?
Green tea which is packed full of health benefits. Increases the metabolism, regulates glucose levels which is great for diabetics, reduces bad cholesterol, full of amino acids which enhance your mood and has high anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Having said all that I must confess if I drink this life affirming drink on an empty stomach it makes me feel nauseous. So can't drink first thing in the morning.
My absolute favourite tea is actually Japanese, rather than Chinese - Genmaicha - green tea with brown rice and little bits of popcorn in. It has the most wonderful flavour and is really nice to drink either hot or chilled.
Gunpowder Green Tea - the leaves are steamed & rolled before being dried. Rolling helps to maintain the aroma and limits damage in packing and transport. I also like white tea which tastes and looks more like a black tea but doesn't give me a headache like black tea does. I used to think it was the higher levels of tannin in black tea, but evidently green tea has very high levels of tannin!