We thought it time we give you the low-down on white teas. Our lovely White Peony (Bai Mu Dan named as the buds resemble peony flowers) and Jasmine Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yinzhen) have been a highlight during our afternoon tea sessions these summer months.
White teas come from the same plant as blacks, greens & oolongs, the “Camellia Sinensis” but are the least processed of all the teas. The tea leaves are hand-picked during Spring when the buds & leaves are still young’uns and are then left to wither and dry. This limited window of opportunity to pick the leaves, combined with the care that goes into the picking, makes white teas the rarest of all.
Whilst we don’t condone favouritism, white teas are pretty exceptional (don’t tell the others). And it isn’t just their delicately sweet, smooth flavour. White teas are brimming with all things good for you, and we want to sing, dance and cartwheel about them to our cuppa’s content.
So, what are the health benefits of white tea?
There are many health claims around white tea. While it’s true that all teas contain polyphenols (micronutrients which have antioxidant activity in the body) white tea comes out on top. Because white teas are closest to tea’s natural state when processed, they have a higher level of polyphenols.
A moment on the lips, never on the hips
These polyphenols are pretty useful if you’re still prepping for that summer bod. While curbing hunger pangs, they also stimulate the fat burning process in the body. A wow factor if there ever was one.
Anti-aging soldier, the Fighter of Free Radicals
Free radicals are what causes organ failure & the older we get, the more of them there are. Don’t panic, there’s a solution: white tea and its abundance of catechins are waging war against the radicals. Sounds like a scene from Game of Thrones. The most abundant catechin is EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) which fights chronic diseases like cancer.
Healthy, youthful skin
Antioxidant is quickly becoming our favourite word. This time because of their mighty rejuvenating powers in helping skin recover quickly from damage & protecting against UV rays. A lot of skincare creams & cosmetics now contain white tea so whether you’re drinking or applying it, just keep doing it & stay young (and wild and free.)
Stop reaching for the Listerine & grab a cup of white tea instead. It contains fluorides which help reduce cavities and flavonoids to prevent the growth of bacteria. Because white teas contain less tannins than other teas, it is less likely to stain your teeth while doing so. Win Win (win, win, win…)
Have a look at some white teas here.