What is Tea?

Leaves from the tea plant, scientifically known as Camellia sinensis.

There are two major varieties:

  • C. sinensis var. sinensis, also known as small leaf
  • C. sinensis var. assamica, also known as big leaf

Contrary to popular belief and despite their misleading names herbal teas and fruit teas are not true teas. More accurate and correct names for them would be herbal infusions, infusions of fruit or more eloquently tisanes.

Last update: January 29, 2021
Authors: Marvin Elsen