Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tea varieties

Green tea:

  • It is made from unfermented tea leaves which are dried immediately after picking. This prevents oxidation, leaving the chemical properties of the tea intact.

White tea:

  • This tea is also unfermented like green tea. It is not steam dried. This type of tea is dried            in the sun.

Black tea:

  • It consists of tea leaves that have been rolled and then fully dried and fermented, giving them a very dark color. This type is more popular in the west than in Asia and is often used in cooking dishes.

Oolong tea:

  • It is made from larger tea leaves which are partially fermented so that full oxidation doesn't take place. After drying in the sun, the leaves are heated to stop the oxidation process which gives them a greenish-black color. Flavors can vary since fermentation can be stopped at any point.

Scented tea:

  • Scented teas are made by taking any one of the base tea, black, green, or oolong, and adding petals of flowers or blossoms, herbs, or sliced fruit or fruit peel during the fermentation process.

  • Jasmine tea, Chrysanthemum tea and Earl Grey tea are popular.

  • Tea with the flavours of lemon, chocolate mint, caramel, etc. are also sold.

One can find many different varieties of tea in India.

Some are:

Kala chai, dooth ka chai, good ka chai / goor kachai, lemon tea, masala tea / masala chai, kadunj chai, vara tea, tea in kullad / kullar (kullad waali chai, the tea  served in earthen cups), dabara set tea, tea with more sugar, tea with less sugar, tea without sugar,  and so on. In Calcutta (Kolkatha), you will find salted tea. In Ayurveda one can find herbal tea without any tea leaves. Generally in India, tea time means break time. I’m planning to produce a Tamil film shortly with the name”Vaanga tea saappidalaam”.

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