Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)
Live Green Tea Plant
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Green Tea is an evergreen shrub that is cultivated for making tea, a beloved beverage around the world. The plant is drought tolerant, cold hardy and easy to grow. Generally the shrub is maintained through clipping to keep it at a manageable height of 5 feet or less. If left undisturbed in it's natural habitat, the plant will grow into a giant tree! It features broad leaves and fragrant white flowers. The leaves and flower buds are the main parts of the plant processed for use in Tea, but the entire plant can be utilized for this purpose, including the twigs.
Green Tea is prized as a healthy and rich hot drink with stimulating and medicinal properties. Green Tea naturally contains Caffeine, Theobromine, and other Xanthines which aid in it's stimulating and medicinal effects.
Green Tea is the most popular drink in the world, and has been cultivated since ancient times. The secrets of the Tea plant were guarded for centuries by the Chinese who prized it as an economic crop, essential to their regional trade. Camellia sinesis is native to East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and southeast Asia where it is cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates.
The quality of the Tea leaf depends on at what point in the plant's life cycle the leaf is harvested, and it's method of preparation. This results in many variations of Tea including Green Tea, White Tea, and Oolong, Black Tea, and others. All these variations are achieved from the same plant, Camellia sinensis and it's cultivars.
Some of the medicinal benefits of Green Tea include as an astringent, and as a nerve tonic. It's claimed to help eyesight. Green Tea is excellent for the treatment of infections in the digestinal tract, usually through the consumption of 2-3 hot cups of the drink throughout the day until symptoms subsist. The leaves can be used externally and fresh as a poultice for the treatment of bug bites and sunburn.
Grow your own and enjoy all of the benefits of delicious home grown tea!