From where comes the tea?
June 9, 2012 12:42pm CST
I have felt this say from my aunt, but I believe that her he is being wrong. According to what she told me, tea would be a kind of tree! But is it true at all? Well I knew that the tea was extracted by leaves of particular plants, but absolutely I has never read, or documented the fact that is a kind of trees called tea. You, dear friends that you will read this discussion, know more something more? Please share your opinions.
• United States
9 Jun 12
I think that there are several different ways for the tea to grow, some are on plants while others are from trees. Of course the tea is usually ground up seeds etc, from plants. Some of the Asian ones, I believe are from plants more so then from trees.
• Cambridge, England
9 Jun 12
Yes, tea does come from a tree (though it is usually pruned into a bush which is the right height for the workers to pick the young leaves which is what are used for producing tea). The plant is called Camellia sinensis ('Chinese Camellia') and is a relative of the Camellia bushes which produce such beautiful flowers and are often planted in parks and gardens. Only the tender top three leaves of the developing shoots of the plant are used and the best tea is carefully harvested by hand. The leaves go through a very careful process of being slowly dried, during which time they ferment, and, sometimes, smoking over a low fire. Tea which is fermented very little makes green tea and tea which has been fermented for longer and under different conditions makes the brown or reddish tea which Europeans are more familiar with.
10 Jun 12
I think a tea belongs plant. However there are some tea types, it looks like a tree because it is very big, high and old. There are some types like that in the mountain area in the north Vietnam. So with that types, i should call it as a tea tree?
9 Jun 12
Tea grows on trees which are regularly pruned so looks like shrubs mainly "Camellia Sinensis" and the plant is an evergreen type of shrub that naturally contains caffeine .All white, yellow, green, oolong, Puerh and black tea comes from this plant but is processed in different ways to attain different levels of oxidation. Whereas Herbal tea do not come from the same tea plant " camellia sinensia" It is are infusion of different botanicals such as non-tea tree leaves, roots, berries, fruits and seeds with hot water.since the plants used in making herbal tea do not contain caffeine,so it is caffeine free.
9 Jun 12
Hmm interesting. I think that the tea is not like a tree because I read that they cut them like when they are 1 meter long because it would be difficult to collect the harvest. Well I think that if they cut them when they are 1 meter long they could be bigger and there might be a tea that is actually a tree.