Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black tea. Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia.
Several varieties of green tea exist, which differ substantially because of the variety of C. sinensis used, growing conditions, horticultural methods, production processing, and time of harvest.
As a result of minimal processing, green tea retains its natural appearance and vibrant colour as well as high levels of the plant’s healthy properties. Green tea varies dramatically in flavour from grassy and sweet, to floral and fresh, to nutty and roasted. Like fine wine, green tea’s flavour depends on the plant varietal, season of harvest, soil, elevation, weather, cultivation and origin. Each region has its own distinct flavour and aroma.