If you’re familiar with tea or simply love a good cuppa, you probably would have heard of black and white tea. However, have you thought of what makes black tea different than white tea? Now you may be thinking, “come on its obviously the colour!” or maybe that’s just what I thought before taking a closer look into what makes black tea and white tea different aside from their names.
The more I looked into these differences, the more surprised I found myself. For starters did you know despite a prominent difference in their names, both black and white tea leaves originate from the same plant Camellia Sinensis. Furthermore white tea leaves aren’t actually white but black tea leaves are indeed black! However, how the tea leaves end up being called white and black tea is all about different processing.
The production of white tea begins when the youngest tea buds and tea leaves are harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Once harvested the white tea leaves undergo a process called “withering” in which they are directly exposed to sunlight and dried. Once the moisture is completely removed from the tea leaves they are packaged and ready for distribution! White tea is a rather simple and straight forward procedure as it undergoes a very minimal level of processing in order to become what it is. This is what makes white tea specifically different than black tea. The simplicity of it results in sweet and floral flavours and brews into a light green or pale yellow colour.
The process of making black tea is vastly different than the process of making white tea, despite the fact that the leaves originate from the same plant. When black tea leaves are harvested they are dried for usually up to 18 hours under large fans or direct sunlight. Once dried the leaves are then places on large bamboo mats or in grinding machines where they are gently bruised which kick starts the process of oxidation and gives the tea leaves a deep brown or black hue. This is what makes black tea different than white tea. As a result of this black tea brews into a black or brown hue and has a much more strong and rich flavour.
You may be wondering which tea is better for my health? The answer is simple, both! Both black tea and white tea have amazing health benefits. White tea is known to be full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and great for your skin due to the elastin found in it which is known for aiding in tissue repair! Black tea on the other hand contains antioxidants which is able to boost metabolism and contains catechins and flavonoids which are essential in preventing skin infections!
Now what does this have to do with Kombucha? As you probably know by now Kombucha is fermented sweet tea, this means that all the amazing properties found in tea are further enhanced due to the bacteria and yeast which breaks down the bountiful properties in tea into more elemental form, making it easier for the body to absorb!
There you go, hopefully after reading this short article you have a better idea of what makes black tea different than white tea!