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Green Tea Plant

Green tea plant has its origin and is native to the land of Asia. Green tea plant is indigenous to both India and China. Science of green tea plants was well known to Indians and Chinese was known since 5000 years. The history of green tea started as wild plants until they were cultivated as agricultural products. Tea was used as medicinal plants by our ancestors until they realized its effect and calmness on body for good health. Later it was started to be used as daily beverage and taken in many forms and varieties. Green tea plants when grown in wild were like trees and grew up to the height of around 90 feet and were fit enough to be called as green trees rather then plants. They got the present form of plant growing up to 3 to 5 feet after they were cultivated as plantation crop.

History and processing

Green tea leaves when grew in wild as they grew up to the heights of trees, it was a tough job to pick the leaves early man used trained monkeys to pick the leaves and collected down. There are three main categories of tea plants oolong, black and green. These categories have further many varieties within as per the way they are processed. But all the three categories and their respective variants come from the same tea plant. They are categorized and made into different types through the science of processing and tastes man has invented.  The process of these varieties vary in such a way that black tea undergoes several hours accelerated in heat and humidity and is oxidized. As oxidized it loses all the antioxidant properties came naturally and is not that effective on health as green tea.

Oolong tea is also not that effective as it is fermented in processing. Green tea is just steamed and tender leaf buds are selected, here oxidation is stopped retaining its antioxidant properties. Tea history goes back to 6816 BC to 906 BC during Tang dynasty of China where it was used as national beverage of China on choice. Buddhists priests are credited to and have been responsible for spreading the tea and its cultivation throughout China, India and Japan. Buddhists preferred Tea as beverage for its medicinal benefits. Green tea comes from the plant scientifically named Camellia sinesis. Tea is a better medicine to hide aging. This was also a beauty drink in ancient times by ladies especially of royal class women.

Popularity

Methods of processing of tea are endless and vary from region to region depending on the traditionally evolved concepts. Green tea plants are commercially cultivated and are a source of income generation to the nations; benefits of tea are getting popularized by modern men. Tea is an internationally accepted and friendly beverage which is preferred more than coffee. But still green tea is needed to be made popular among westerners who even knowing the benefits are reluctant. But the time as come for them to care their health and fight the obesity for which green tea is well accepted side effect free cure.



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