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New kids on the block: white and bamboo tea

White and bamboo teas are two of the often overlooked kinds of teas in the world today. It shouldn’t be the case because these two types of teas are equally if not, healthier than other kinds of teas. White tea is made from the derivatives of the young leaves of Camellia Sinensis, a plant known to also produce black teas. The plant’s leaves are fried or steamed to cease oxidation and then left to dry, the process does not affect the levels of catechins which remain on a high level. Tea lovers in Scotland are now embracing the idea of drinking white tea, as it is fast gaining popularity also in England along with bamboo tea. Bamboo tea is made from fresh leaves of bamboo plants. Best served cold, it is a favourite among tea drinkers during summer because of its easy and light drinking taste. Many people find bamboo tea as having one of the finest tastes among all teas because it lacks bitterness and has the right amount of sweetness.

Tisanes – not really a tea

Rooibos (ROY-boss) belongs to an indigenous herb found in South Africa and is made from the needle-shaped leaves of the aspalalathus linearis plant. The leaves are then cut, battered and oxidized to produce a brown and reddish coloured tea leaves, that’s why it is called as “red bush” or “rooibos” in the local lingo.
Honeybush, considered to be a cousin of the rooibos tea, is also made up of a plant found in the Cape of South Africa. Its popularity as a type of tea dates back to the early 1700s when this nutrient-rich and delicious tea has been cultivated and marketed locally in large amounts than the rooibos tea. Each spring, honeybush sprung out a bright and rich colour yellow flower with a heavenly scent. All honeybush are harvested from the wild farms and wide plains which has a well-preserved habitat.

From South Africa to Europe

The popularity of rooibos tea and honeybush tea has crossed over to Europe. The delicious taste of the two and its many health benefits provide the locals living in Scotland and other parts of Great Britain with a refreshing drink.
Aside from its appealing texture, sweet aroma and its delectable taste, tea lovers also like to drink both teas because of its many health benefits that help prevents cancer, boost immunity and energy, reduces headaches, tensions and Insomnia, strengthen bones and teeth, relieves stomach cramps and colic as well as decreasing blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Tea in modern times is not only limited to black and white teas, other types of teas have already cornered the market worldwide. Thanks to dedicated tea farmers from all over the world, what was once exclusive in China, it has since spread over to the rest of the world. A good example of this is the successful cultivation of rooibos and honeybush teas from herbs and plants found in South Africa.

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