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Teas

 

Assam Black Tea (BOPF)

Camellia sinensis var. assamica

Country of origin: India

Status: Organic EU; USDA-NOP

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Description

Assam black tea is a tea made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Now produced worldwide, the camellia sinensis used to produce Assam black tea originates from the Assam region in India. The leaves, once picked, go through an oxidisation period in order to produce Assam black tea. Due to the antioxidant properties of the tea, Assam black tea was used as a medicine in early Indian cultures. 

Medical Benefits

Assam Black tea, despite not having as many antioxidants of Green tea due to the oxidation process in its production, still may provide a variety of potential medical benefits, which may include:

  • Decreasing risk of heart attacks.

  • Improving blood circulation.

  • Reducing the risk of strokes.

Black Tea

Camellia sinensis var. sinensis

Country of origin: China

Status: Organic EU; Organic NOP

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Description

Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidised than oolong, yellow, white and green teas and is generally stronger in flavour. It is made from leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis,  which was traditionally mainly used for black tea, although in recent years some green and white teas have been produced from the plant. In China, where black tea was developed, the beverage is called Red tea due to the colour of the oxidised leaves when processed appropriately. While green tea usually loses its flavour within a year, black tea retains its flavour for several years. For this reason, it has long been an article of trade, and compressed bricks of black tea even served as a form of currency in Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia in the early 19th century.

Medical Benefits

Black tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, not only for its strong flavours and caffeine content, but also for its various potential health benefits, which may include:

  • Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol.

  • Reducing blood pressure.

  • Reducing the risk of strokes.

  • Reducing the risk of type 2 Diabetes.

 

Green Tea Fannings

Camellia sinensis

Country of origin: China

Status: Organic EU; USDA-NOP

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Description

Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas. Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture has spread to other countries in East Asia. Several varieties of green tea exist, which differ substantially based on the variety of C. sinensis used, growing conditions, horticultural methods, production processing, and time of harvest.

Medical Benefits

Green tea has an abundance of polyphenol antioxidants, including a catechin called EGCG. These antioxidants have been proved to potentially have many medical benefits, which may include:

  • Reducing the risk of cancers.

  • Preventing type 2 diabetes.

  • Preventing cardiovascular disease.

  • Reducing the risk of of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

 

Sencha

Camellia sinensis

Country of origin: China

Status: Organic EU; USDA-NOP

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Description

Sencha, the most popular tea in Japan, is a type of green tea known as ryokucha. It is made by infusing the steamed and dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant with boiling water. Popular in both ancient China and ancient and modern Japan, the demand for sencha is ever increasing. To meet the demand, the plant is produced and harvested throughout the year, resulting in different flavours depending on the season of its production.

Medical Benefits

Sencha has a long history of use in the traditional medicines of both China and Japan. It is now well known for its abundance of antioxidants and polyphenols which give it a variety of potential medical benefits, which may include:

  • Aiding weight loss.

  • Improving blood circulation.

  • Improving Brain function.