My first tryst with green tea was in the 1990s when a Chinese woman brought a packet while returning from holidays in her hometown.
Not knowing how to brew it, I requested her to make a cup for us. The first taste of green tea was far from enjoyable at best.
The pungent taste was alien to my Indian palate, despite the concoction being flavoured by a dash of lemon and a little honey.
But as I increasingly learned about the benefits of green tea, a couple of cups- sometimes more-has become part of my daily routine.
What is Green Tea?
In simplest words, Green tea is nothing but tea leaves that are cut, dried and packaged. They are not processed. The resultant brew ranges in colour from light green to deep golden, depending upon the variety.
Green tea contains potent doses of caffeine- about 35mg to 50mg per 200ml. This too depends upon brands. It is also said to contain flavonoids, anti-oxidants and other nutrients essential for good health.
List of Best Green Tea Brands in India
Health benefits of green tea are apparently well received in India if one goes by the number of brands available in the local market. Here we look at several top brands of green tea available in India.