Are green and black teas actually made from the same plant?

Yes, all types of teas are made from the same plant. The only difference is the way the plant is processed.

Tea is a beverage that is prepared by steeping cured leaves of the camellia sinensis plant in either hot or cold water.

While most people are familiar with the basic categories of teas such as black, green, white, or even oolong tea, they may not know that all these types of teas are actually derived the same plant, the camellia sinensis.

If you would like to taste the difference yourself, we recommend trying the following Sencha green tea and English Breakfast black tea:

 

The camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. Common names include "tea plant", "tea shrub", and "tea tree". While camellia sinensis is native to Asia, it is cultivated across the world in both tropical and subtropical regions.

The methods used to make various types of teas are different combinations of wilting, oxidizing, drying, crushing, tearing, curling, infusing or other processes of the same Camellia sinensis plant. For example, black tea is wilted, crushed, and fully oxidized, while green tea is unwilted and unoxidized. These process combinations promote differentiating characteristics including but not limited to aroma, flavor, caffeine level, and health benefits.

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