Tea is the processed leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Camellia Sinensis is a Shrub that grows in Southeast Asia that thrives in the sub tropic and highland tropic regions. Depending on how the leaves and buds are processed determines what variety of tea they become. The five main tea varieties are black, green white and oolong and pu-erh.
What is Herbal Tea?
Simply put herbal tea is anything other than the Camellia Sinensis plant that is steeped in hot water. For example Chamomile, peppermint and hibiscus are very popular ingredients. Technically speaking herbal tea isn’t even “tea” even though it has come to be referred as tea. Even here at Fusion Teas we use the word “tea” loosely but are quick to educate when we can. Instead we like to use the terms herbal infusions or tisanes.
Tea is such a fascinating and dynamic plant. Here in this crash course we have not even begun to scratch the surface on the wonderful world of the Camellia Sinensis plant. To learn more about the different manufacturing process’ and the varieties of tea visit the two sections below.