Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What is tea? Buddhist "cha" ceremony (video); CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Kirsten Dirksen; KY; TL

Buddhism and tea go way back: Ch'an tea culture, China (
Maybe American yerba mate (a kind of Holly introduced by the Guarani Native Americans in South America) is better than Chinese (sine=chine) "tea" (Camellia sinensis or cha). Matcha means powdered young green tea leaves, which is extra potent with phytonutrients and caffeine. But what is "tea"?
The Tea Leaf
Darjeeling is from Buddhist Himalayan India
Many people are surprised to learn that all teas -- white, green, oolong, black, and pu-erh -- are made from the leaves of the same species.
While the varietal of the particular Camellia sinensis plant as well as the weather conditions and soil contribute to the final taste of the tea, the significant differences of tea type develop in the processing of the leaves.

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