Green tea leaves are laid out to wither for about 8 to 24 hours after plucking to allow most of the water to evaporate. Next, to prevent the oxidation (fermentation) process, the leaves are steamed or pan fried. Finally the leaves are rolled and then dried again, unlike black tea leaves, which are cut.
Flavor ? Because green tea is in a very natural state, it tastes more plant like than black tea. Most people describe green tea as having a somewhat ?grassy? taste. It is green and somewhat pale in color, and can become bitter if over brewed. Green tea can have subtleties and differences in aroma and flavor based on the variety of the tea plant and the region in which the tea is grown.
In addition, there are many flavored green teas. Green teas are blended with herbs or fruit to create a wide variety of flavors. Many people who don?t enjoy the taste of plain green tea love the combination of green tea with other flavors.
Serving method ? Green tea needs cooler water than any other tea for proper brewing.
Water for green tea should be purified and heated to about 160?F. It can be enjoyed with sweetener, milk or lemon if you prefer. Green tea can also be enjoyed cold. Keeping a pitcher of iced green tea in your refrigerator lets you enjoy its health benefits all day long.