Are you interested to know about the tea culture in Europe? Well, the history of tea in Europe begins from 1560 when the first Portuguese Jesuits Father Japer de Cruz wrote about this brew. Although, the discovery is 5000 years old and directly affiliated to China, but Europe is also known well for its traditional tea culture. Just after the discovery the continent has attempted good efforts to develop a variety of leaves bearing different flavor. Here are some popular types of European Flavors -
Pekoe black tea
This premium class is grown in the continent extensively and known well all over in the world for its unmatchable flavor. This plant is grown extensively in Azores islands and rich hills there offer good minerals for growth of the plant. Miles far away from commercialization and industrial pollution, farms give rise to luxury black leaves and seeds. This leaf is considered as one of the valuable of this class because the fully flavored leaves are beneficial for health. The precious features of the leaf include its fabulous aroma and delicious taste. It is generally harvested during the months of summer and processed well for making your cup of tea directly.
Broken leaf tea
Broken leaf from Europe is grown especially in organic estates at highly aromatic hills of green area of the continet. This extensive tea is known well all around in the continent for its special aroma and has earned good position in breakfast table from many years. It is a known as a kind of premium variety in European market and picked out from the lowest leaf of the plant, Camellia sinensis. Its light taste and smooth preparation bear only a little amount of tannin. Thus, it is the best solution for those who believe only in organic black tea.
In Europe, both green and black leaf is prepared from same kind of plant but the preparation of green tea is slightly different from the black one. In order to prepare green variety, a traditionally developed method is applied. Although, 90 percent of the preparation of tea in the continent belongs to the class of black tea only. But green leaf is extensively preferred by health conscious people all over the world nowadays. That’s why; emphasis on its production is being imparted. In order to produce green tea, fresh leaves are plucked and cleaned. Then, they are either fried or steamed and followed with drying on trays with the addition of ocean air that imparts an extensive fragrance to them.
Uday writes often on green leaf tea grown all over the World. He also writes on green tea blends available in the m markets. Uday writes often on hot beverages.