Green Tea & White Tea
Green teas and white teas primarily from China, Taiwan, and Japan.
Green and White teas are produced in many tea growing regions, but have long been most popular in China and Japan. These countries produce most of the green and white teas available on the world market.
In China, much of the green and white tea for export is grown in Fujian province along the Pacific coast. Fujian teas include High Mountain Green tea, White Peony tea, White Spring Blossom tea, and Silver Needles tea. Zhejiang province, just north of Fujian and also on the Pacific coast, is known for Dragon Pearl Jasmine tea and for gunpowder teas. Further north along the coast is Jiangsu province which is noted for its Bi Lo Chun tea.
Japan produces a unique variety of green teas. The most common variety in export is Sencha, a pan fired green tea. Pan firing for the final drying adds a somewhat toasty element to the flavor. Sencha is used as the base for flavored and scented teas, including Jasmine tea, and Genmaicha, a Japanese staple of Sencha and toasted rice. Top quality green and white teas can approach $100.00 per pound on occasion, but remember that is still just $.50 per cup. Cheaper than buying a cup of coffee!