Tea 101: White Tea
The name "white tea" derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. White tea undergoes the least processing of any "true" tea. Tea buds are picked before they are even ripe and opened. They are sun-dried and that's it! There is no rolling or oxidation. White tea is produced in smaller quantities relative to other types of tea.
- most rich in polyphenols, an anti-oxidant that combats cancer-causing cells
- boosts the immune system by fighting viruses and infection-causing bacteria
- contains small amounts of fluoride that helps to prevent the growth of dental plaque
- lowers blood pressure and improves artery function
- contains catechins, an anti-oxidant group that reduces bad cholesterol