Oolong Tea. The big mystery tea. How many of you have heard the tea but don't quite know anything about it? "Is it a sleepy tea?" "What kind of tea is it?"
The composition of Oolong, is deemed "partially oxidized." Where black tea is fully oxidized, which gives it it's black color, and green tea is barely oxidized so it retains a lot of the integrity of the tea leaf in color and flavor. This is why oolong can vary in flavor and color and appear to be more similar in black tea or green tea depending on the harvesters preference.
Appearance wise, oolong is traditionally rolled. The rolled shape expands and opens up when submerged in hot water to steep.
Apart from the teas physical appearance, it does have many worthwhile health benefits.
Among these benefits are:
- Improving heart health
- May prevent diabetes
- Weight loss
- May improve brain function
- May protect against certain cancers
- Promotes tooth and bone strength
- May help relieve eczema