Did you know that Green, Black, Pu Erh, Oolong, and White teas all come from the same plant? Well, they sure do! The leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant are the delicious ingredient that makes up the world's most popular beverage!
How do you pronounce that? Camellia Sinensis is pronounced cam-MEHL-ee-ah sin-INN-sis.
Are there different varieties of the Camellia Sinensis plant? Yes! There are quite a few!
What are the differences between Green, Black, Puerh, Oolong, and White teas? The difference in the different varieties of tea is all in the process the leaves go through after being plucked.
Generally speaking, these are the basic differences in the various forms of teas. White teas are plucked and dried, Green teas are steamed and then dried, Oolongs are lightly roasted and then dried, Black teas are roasted and then dried, and Pu Erh teas are a form of black tea that is fermented... now that is putting it VERY generally because obviously there is a craft to making the perfect tea and extensive amount of detail goes into each process.
Isn't it amazing to think that this one plant has such an enormous variety of final products all because for thousands and thousands of years people have been perfecting the art of tea!