White tea is tea made from new growth buds and young leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis known as the tea bush. The leaves are steamed or fried to inactivate oxidation and then dried.
White tea is paler in color than other types of tea and traditionally has less aroma than black tea and green tea. However, while its flavor is light and very mild with slightly sweet notes, white tea is a highly sought after type of tea.
Due to minimal processing, white tea retains a high concentrations of catechins, a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and high levels of antioxidants. Studies show that this elegant tea is a powerful weapon to protect the body against certain diseases and reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
It also provides natural antibacterial properties.
White teas do contain caffeine, although very low amounts.