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There are four "true teas." So what is a true tea? A true tea is a tea that originates and uses the leaves from a specific plant called Camellia Sinensis. The "true teas" are green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea.

Yet, as anyone knows who has walked through a tea store knows, there are far more teas listed than those. Indeed, here in the United States, herbal teas tend to dominate.

And so, to provide some helpful information to visitors to Tea Discussion, this section has been put together to help people understand tea better.

Black Tea Black Tea : The worlds most popular tea, growin primarily in India, China and Sri Lanka.

Flavored Teas Flavored Teas : Flavored teas are true "teas" (usually black or green) that have "things" added into them, also known as infused.

Green Tea Green Tea : The most popular tea in the United States and is surging in popularity world wide. Grown mainly in China and Japan.

Herbal Teas Herbal Tea : A very popular "non-tea" in the United States, less popular elsewhere. Does not contain the properties found in "tea", but usually contain many other healthy properties not found in more traditional teas.

Oolong Teas Oolong Tea : A semi-fermented tea that is widely grown in Taiwan.

Rooibos Teas Rooibos Tea : The "non-tea" from South Africa that illustrates the depths to which the UK will plunge to in order get their tea. It is grown in South Africa and is frequently known as "red tea" or "african tea."

White Teas White Teas : The cadillac of teas, white teas are the most rare of teas, as well as usually the most expensive. China produces the most white tea.

Other Helpful Articles

  • What Is Tea? : Detailed article that covers, exactly, what tea is and why, as well as what tea is NOT!
  • How Tea is Processed : Learn how the four main teas that come from a tea plant (green, white, black and oolong) are procssed.
  • Different Types of Green Tea : Information about specific Japanese and Chinese green teas.

Green Tea Books

The Book of Green Tea : Everything you ever wanted to know about green tea! This fun and informative book explains every aspect of green tea: where it grows, how it's processed, its history and lore, how to drink and cook with it, and how to use it for beauty and health purposes.

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