Botanical: Camellia sinensis
Health Benefits: This tea has undergone very little processing so it is packed with antioxidants, polyphenols (catechins) and amino acids, known to help with circulation and hypertension. These catechins are thought to lower cholesterol and contain cancer inhibiting antioxidants.
Fujian province is considered the origin of white tea. White tea plants have large and beautiful tea buds and it is these buds with barely unfurled leaves that have made the White Peony famous. The buds are covered in fine white hair and are the reason they are called, ‘white teas’. Processing always reduces the quantity of antioxidants in the leaf and this is the least processed of all of the teas meaning it is packed with antioxidants. White teas are some of the most revered of the Chinese teas, famous for the delicate, sweet, herbal and floral flavours. For the connoisseur of teas, White Peony is so subtle that it should never be mixed with milk or other additives.
The Black Veined White Butterfly
This pure white butterfly is common through out many temperate regions of the world including China. Not to be mistaken for the cabbage butterfly, the Crataegi is larger and with distinctive black-lace like veins. Highly social they can be seen in large gatherings called kaleidoscopes.