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The Secret Life of Green Tea

  • December 5, 2010
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The Secret Life of Green Tea

By Jessica Girdwain

If the only time you’ve tried green tea is after being served a scalding-hot cup (no handle!) at a local Japanese restaurant, you’re missing out on its many flavors and forms. “All green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but the final aromas and tastes differ depending on where the leaves are grown and how they’re produced,” says Mary Lou Heiss, coauthor of The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas.

More surprising? In Asia, green tea is a common recipe ingredient, which is a great–and sneaky!–way to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse into your diet. Here’s a quick primer on six different varieties, plus ideas for how to cook with each.

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2:48AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Fantastic !
I love green tea and drink it all day. Here I learn the use of green tea in cooking .
Great :)

11:31AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thanks

11:35AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thank you.

4:48AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Healthy and natural way to health

3:33PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Good info.. TY

4:39AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:10PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Thank you very much! :)

5:16PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Good health article. I love green tea. Thanks for sharing.

2:06AM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Where would you get these varieties in the Mid-West?

11:33AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

I love cooking with "exotic" ingredients... will have to try the green tea as an ingredient, not just a hot, healthy drink.
Thanks.

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