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How is green tea produced?

Green tea is one of the world's most popular drinks, prized for its delicious flavour and multiple health benefits, produced from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, a plant native to China. 

The production process of this type of tea is very different from that of other varieties, such as black or oolong tea. 

The first thing to know is that the tea leaves are harvested by hand, usually at dawn, in order to best preserve the aroma and flavour. After that, the leaves are left to wither for about 8-24 hours, depending on the type of tea to be produced. The result is a slightly bitter drink, very fragrant and rich in natural antioxidants. 

Browse the gallery to discover green tea production step by step.

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How is green tea produced?
Green tea is one of the world's most popular drinks, prized for its delicious flavour and multiple health benefits, produced from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, a plant native to China. The production process of this type of tea is very different from that of other varieties, such as black or oolong tea. The first thing to know is that the tea leaves are harvested by hand, usually at dawn, in order to best preserve the aroma and flavour. After that, the leaves are left to wither for about 8-24 hours, depending on the type of tea to be produced. The result is a slightly bitter drink, very fragrant and rich in natural antioxidants.
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The Camellia Sinensis plant
It all starts with the tea plant, the Camellia Sinensis species, which grows mainly in China, Japan and India.
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The leaves of the plant are hand-picked, carefully chosen and then dehydrated
The leaves of the plant are hand-picked, carefully selected and then dehydrated. This process can be done in two ways: the first, called 'steaming', involves steaming the leaves for about 20-30 seconds, while the second, called 'roasting', involves roasting the leaves in a wok for about one minute.
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The dehydrated leaves
Once dehydrated, the leaves are rolled on themselves to break up the cells and let the juices out. Afterwards, the leaves are dried again so that the moisture is almost completely removed.
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The 'cooking' of the leaves
At this point, the leaves are subjected to 'cooking', which performs a further chemical transformation in the leaves and determines their colour and organoleptic characteristics. This process is very delicate and requires great care: high temperatures or too long cooking times can ruin the flavour and aroma of the tea.
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Leaf selection
Finally, the leaves are carefully selected according to their qualities and then packaged. The packaging process varies according to the different manufacturers: it is possible to find green tea either in leaves or in sachets.
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Green tea
In conclusion, the production process of green tea requires great care and attention to obtain a high quality product. That is why green tea is so prized and appreciated all over the world.
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