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White tea

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White tea consists of young leaves (new-growth buds) that have undergone no oxidation; the buds may be shielded from sunlight to prevent formation of chlorophyll.

White tea is considered to contain the most powerful cancer-preventing properties of all teas. One recent study demonstrated that it removes or prevents even more tumors from the stomachs of specially bred cancer-susceptible rats than green tea, or caffeine alone (although all three were shown to have benefit).

Produced almost entirely in China and being a speciality of the province Fujian, white tea is steamed and dried almost immediately after harvesting (in some situations in the fields themselves). It is possible that this method of minimal processing accounts for this tea's added benefits. Roderick H. Dashwood, an Oregon State University biochemist has theorized that the polyphenols, called catechins, are destroyed through the processing used with other teas.

Kit Chow notes in All The Tea In China that in hard times, very poor Chinese homes would serve guests boiled water when they could not afford tea. Host and guest would call the water "white tea" and act as if the tradition of serving guests tea had been carried out as usual. (This particular usage is related to the fact that plain boiled water is called "white boiled water" in Chinese).

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Chow, Kit with Ione Kramer (1990). All The Tea In China. San Francisco: China Books and Periodicals. ISBN 0835121941.de:Weier Tee ja:白茶 zh:白茶

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