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Definition of Tea
"Tea refers to the agricultural products of the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of Camellia sinensis, prepared and cured by various methods. "Tea" also refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from such cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water and the colloquial name for the Camellia sinensis plant itself."

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About Tea Leaves: by wikipedia encyclopedia
"The tea leaves are packaged loosely in a canister or other container." "Rolled gunpowder tea leaves, which resist crumbling, are commonly vacuum packed for freshness in aluminized packaging for storage and retail." "The portions must be individually measured by the consumer for use in a cup, mug, or teapot." "This allows greater flexibility, letting the consumer brew weaker or stronger tea as desired, but convenience is sacrificed."


"Strainers, "tea presses", filtered teapots, and infusion bags are available commercially to avoid having to drink the floating loose leaves and to prevent over-brewing." "A more traditional, yet perhaps more effective way around this problem is to use a three-piece lidded teacup, called a gaiwan." "The lid of the gaiwan can be tilted to decant the leaves while pouring the tea into a different cup for consumption."

Tea Storage
"Tea has a shelf life that varies with storage conditions and type of tea." "Black tea has a longer shelf life than green tea. Some teas such as flower teas may go bad in a month or so. An exception, Pu-erh tea improves with age." "Tea stays freshest when stored in a dry, cool, dark place in an air-tight container." "Black tea stored in a bag inside a sealed opaque canister may keep for two years." "Green tea loses its freshness more quickly, usually in less than a year. Gunpowder tea, its leaves being tightly rolled, keeps longer than the more open-leafed Chun Mee tea." "Storage life for all teas can be extended by using desiccant packets or oxygen absorbing packets, and by vacuum sealing."

"When storing green tea, discreet use of refrigeration or freezing is recommended. In particular, drinkers need to take precautions against temperature variation."

"Improperly stored tea may lose flavor, acquire disagreeable flavors or odors from other foods, or become moldy."

See also:
Canapé / Hors d'oeuvres / Tea Sandwich  / Types of Sandwiches / Afternoon tea / Tea / Tea party / High Tea  / Cream Recipes  / Cream  / Cream Definitions  / Butter Recipes  /
Cream Tea / Tea Time /Types of Tea /What is Matcha /Tea Eggs /Chocolate tea time
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