Even as I type this blog, The Five on Fox News is claiming Rep. Joe Walsh ranted because he had too much tea! Tea is discussed and related to a variety of aspects of life. This morning I had the privilege of sharing about tea with Sunrise Rotary Club of Habersham, GA. To double check my info, I was able to exchange emails with Joe Simrany, president of Specialty Tea Institute. Good thing. Every day more is learned and I was informed that there are not 3 or 4 or even just 5 types of tea.
“If you asked me that question (Are there 3 or 4 or 5 teas?) a few years ago, I would have responded that there are three main kinds of tea; Black, Green, & Oolong but the industry is rapidly evolving in the USA and each year we learn more than we knew before. Still Black tea accounts for about 80% of all the tea that is consumed in the USA and about 60% of all the tea that is consumed in the world and green tea for about 17% of all the tea consumed in the USA and 30% of all the tea consumed in the world. That leaves a remainder of about 3 % for all other types of tea consumed in the USA and about 10% for all other types of tea consumed in the world. All figures are rough approximations.”
Pres. Simrany listed four more types: Yellow tea, Dark Tea, Blue tea, and Purple tea.
Who knows what will surface tomorrow?
The bottom line on the healthiest tea: All teas come from the same plant, camellia sinensis, so the health benefits are available no matter what type. A tea by any other name is still a tea. What health benefits, you ask? The naturally occurring flavonoids with antioxidant properties effect the heart, teeth, bones, body mass, and potential cancers. Also, the calming aspect of the event of tea time benefits mental health.
Now, if you read all the way to the bottom of this, don’t you just want to go grab a cup of tea and chill?