China is the birthplace of tea. It was here that tea was accidentally discovered by Emperor Shen Nong over 5,000 years ago. Ever since its discovery by China, tea was used only as a green tea for centuries. China produces the world's finest green teas.
The tea leaves used for green tea are steamed or pan-dried immediately after picking, arresting bacterial growth and preventing oxidation. Then they are rolled by hand to squeeze out excess moisture and to release flavor enzymes. The leaves are finally fired in large driers and packed. When brewed, then turn a light green color, with a flavor that is sometimes delicate and somewhat tangy.