Camellia sinensis – Tea Plant

Native to China, C. sinensis spread to India and Japan, then to Europe and Russia, arriving in the New World in the late 17th century (Chopra 2000). As a cultivated evergreen plant, tea is usually trimmed to below six ft. in height. However, if left to grow wild, the bush can reach 30 ft. green, Oolong and black (‘normal’) tea are all made from the leaves of the same plant species, Camellia sinensis (Ody 1993). Their chemical content and flavours are, however, very different due to their respective fermentation processes. Green tea leaves are allowed to wither in hot air then pan-fried to halt the oxidation (fermentation) processes. The leaves of Oolong tea are wilted in sunlight, bruised and allowed to partially oxidise, until reddening of the leaf edges occurs. Black teas leaves are fermented in cool, humid rooms, until the entire leaf is darkened

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