Whats the difference between green tea and regular tea?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Regular Tea (also known as Black Tea):

    Black tea is one of the most common teas available and is mostly grown in southern Asia and Africa. With black tea the leaves of the tea plant are allowed to completely ferment, and drying of the leaves is done at the same time. Black tea has a strong flavor and contains more caffeine than the teas that are less fermented. Black tea is often sold in blends;for example Earl Grey, which is a blend of black tea and bergamot oil.

    Green Tea:

    With green tea, the leaves of the tea plant go through only a minimal amount of fermentation either with steam, which is a traditional Japanese method, or by drying in hot pans which is a Chinese method. Gunpowder tea is a type of green tea in which each tea leaf has been rolled into a small pellet, but this is usually done only with tea leaves of very high quality.

    The difference is simply explained below:

    The difference between Green and Black Tea occurs during the processing of the tealeaves. Both types are normally hand plucked and then withered. Tealeaves are laid out and allowed to wilt for several hours. Withering reduces the moisture content in the leaves and prepares them for the next step, which is rolling. The rolling process is critical because it prepares the leaves for oxidation (fermentation) by rupturing the leaves and exposing enzymes to oxygen. Black tea gets its color and character as a result of the fermentation process. The term "ferment" has been used by the tea industry for years, but the process is more correctly defined as oxidation. The enzymes in the tealeaves are allowed to oxidize after rolling. Green tea, however, is not oxidized; the leaves are steamed or baked immediately after being plucked. They are then rolled and dried allowing the leaves to remain green in color. Both teas are then dried and sorted.

  • 1 decade ago

    Green tea is made with green tea leaves; "regular" tea is made with black tea leaves; the flavor is also slightly different, with the regular tea tasting better sweetened, and the green tea not sweet at all

  • 1 decade ago

    All tea begins as green tea. Leafy green bushes are cultivated and just the topmost leaves are harvested for use. The fire roasting of these leaves turns them into a darker color , concentrates flavors and increases the caffiene content. Green tea retains more of the natural botanical benefits and has a lesser caffiene content. All green, edible plants in general have anti-oxident value as part of thier nutrient make-up. Many studies of Asian cultures that drink green tea exclusively have shown numerous health benefits and now concentrated extracts are available in health food stores. There are many ways to obtain these benefits without the caffiene and now de-caf versions are gaining new ground.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    green tea is less processed than regular tea. When you say regular tea, I assume you are referring to black tea.

    When tea leaves are picked, they can either be processed as green tea (less oxidation) or as black tea (lots of oxidation). Oxidation means that it sits out and is allowed to collect oxygen by sitting out in open air. Green tea does not go through this step, and is dried before the leaves collect oxygen.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The tea leaves. Also, green tea has the most amount of antioxidents than any other tea.

  • RB
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Different types of tea leaves.

  • 1 decade ago

    black tea has been dried longer than green tea

    Source(s): trust me
  • 1 decade ago

    tea leaves.

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