Unlike other varieties, rather than whole leaves, only the tender young shoots are collected, as it is right there where the “energy” of the plant is concentrated. These buds are covered with a white hair that gives the name to this variety.
It is harvested in the spring, and buds are picked by hand and then spread over large filters. Then, the leaves wither through controlled ventilation. Finally, they are dried at low temperature so leaves do not break. This process preserves the colour and the aroma. White tea is mainly produced in the mountains of Fujian Province (China).
White tea stands out for:
- His exquisite taste and delicate aroma.
- It is known as “the elixir of eternal youth” due to its potency as antioxidant and its high content in vitamins E and C.
- White tea has the same properties as green tea but it outperforms the green in several aspects: It is 3 times more powerful as antioxidant, it contains half the caffeine and it has a mild diuretic effect.