Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. Green tea accounts for 20% of all tea consumed in the world. Other teas are made from the same plant, but undergo processing, such as fermentation, to render black or oolong tea. Green tea was believed to have been accidentally discovered in 2737 B.C. when the Chinese Emperor Shennong drank water that had a dead tea leaf boiled in it. The Emperor was pleased with the flavor and began promoting the new beverage to all he knew. During the Tang Dynasty, a book was written about green tea entitled "The Classic of Tea" (Or "Cha Jing) propelled green tea into the spotlight and quickly became one of the most popular and revered books of the time, but the tea came at a steep cost, making its consumption a status symbol. It wasn't until the 14th century that green tea was readily available and affordable to the general public. In the 19th century, green tea made its way to Europe and was so well-liked it eventually became Great Britain's national beverage. Green tea was even sent to America for the colonists, who nicknamed it "bullet tea," due to the resemblance in shape to a bullet when shipped. Green tea was the tea responsible for the Boston Tea Party in response to the Crown placing a tax on tea to the colonists. 45 tons of green tea were dumped into the Boston harbor!
Green tea is believed to have numerous human health benefits and is commonly found across the world in health foods, drinks, capsules, powders and more. Numerous health-related studies have been conducted to investigate the potential benefits of green tea. and more research continues to emerge on the effects of green tea on human health.
Green tea is also known as; Benifuuki, Camellia sinensis, Camellia thea, Camellia theifera, Constituant Polyphénolique de Thé Vert, CPTV, EGCG, Epigallo Catechin Gallate, Épigallo-Catéchine Gallate, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Extrait de Camellia Sinensis, Extrait de Thé, Extrait de Thé Vert, Extrait de Thea Sinensis, Green Sencha Tea, Green Tea Extract, Green Tea Polyphenolic Fraction, GTP, GTPF, Japanese Sencha Green Tea, Japanese Tea, Kunecatechins, Matcha, Poly E, Polyphenon E, PTV, Té Verde, Tea, Tea Extract, Tea Green, Thé, Thé de Camillia, Thé Japonais, Thé Vert, Thé Vert de Yame, Thé Vert Sensha, Thea bohea, Thea sinensis, Thea viridis, Yame Green Tea, Yabukita, Yame Tea.