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Chinese Flowering Tea

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Posted on : 10:02 AM | By : Nic | In :

We went to the health food store the other day and bought a little glass teapot and a set of different kinds of Chinese flowering tea by Numi.  Most of them are white teas, and one is a black tea.  White tea is made of the same stuff as green tea, but hasn't been fermented.  They just take the young leaves and dry them, while green tea is roasted and black tea is fermented.  White tea has more anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties than the other two kinds, and I have to say I like the flavour better too.  


We got the Numi Dancing Leaves teapot, and you just pour the hot water in and watch it slowly unfold.  I would love to try doing this myself with other kinds of teas.


All of these teas come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is also the source of tea tree oil which I use all the time. It's easiest to start these from cuttings and needs warmth and humidity (it can tolerate Zone 8). It's not that difficult to care for but you have to wait three years before you can start harvesting the leaves, and prune carefully in the spring if necessary.

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