Is White Tea Better Than Green Tea?

Ask many people what they think white tea is, and they’ll probably tell you it’s a cup of regular tea prepared with milk. While that’s technically true if you’re ordering from your local café, real ‘white tea’ is celebrated as one of the treasures of the tea world. Revered for its delicate flavour, careful harvesting and super gentle processing; white tea also contains a host of health benefits to rival the darling of tea enthusiasts everywhere: green tea.

So, which is better for you, white tea or green tea?

To answer that question – it’s essential to understand what white tea is, where it came from … and where it’s going.
Like green tea, white tea’s origins can be traced back to China, although its history is a little more complicated. While some historians believe white tea dates back to the Ming Dynasty, some tea merchants argue it may only have come into existence in the last two centuries.


White tea comes from the same plant as green tea – camellia sinensis – however, white tea leaves are harvested at a much younger age. White tea is sourced from the first bud of the tea plant, while green tea is obtained from the next two leaves. White tea derives its name from the fine silvery-white hairs of the unopened bud, rather than its colour, which is a pale yellow when brewed.
The main difference between white tea and green tea occurs during the harvesting and processing stages. Because of the delicacy of the young white buds of the tea plant, great care is taken during picking to ensure they are not fractured. While the processing of both white and green tea is similar in its minimalisation, white tea’s process is gentler and purer: the freshly plucked immature leaves are simply air-withered and dried.

White tea vs green tea – the health benefits.

Green tea cemented its status as the top-ranking beverage for overall health and wellbeing centuries ago, with contemporary studies confirming its multiple health benefits, but it seems new kid on the block, white tea, is set to rival – if not overtake – green tea’s reputation.

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While both contain the same powerful combination of antioxidants, trace minerals and nutrients, white tea contains a higher number of antioxidants than green tea, which gives it a slight edge of superiority when it comes to health benefits.
But whether your preference runs to white tea or green tea, the margin is so small that it will probably come down to individual taste. Whichever your beverage of choice, you’re guaranteed:

  • A natural supplement for cleansing and detoxing.
  • A win for your cardiovascular health and immune system.
  • A natural weight loss enhancer and metabolic booster.
  • An anti-aging tonic that can reduce the signs of premature ageing, and repair and maintain your skin.
  • A low calorie, rejuvenating beverage to be enjoyed any time of the day.

Madura Silver Needles White Tea

We truly understand the delicate nature of white tea, and the importance of gentle processing required to deliver quality white and green tea from plantation to pour time after time – after all we pioneered Australia’s first green tea in the late 1980’s.
Overseen by the watchful eye of our highly experienced Tea Artisan, Madura Silver Needles White Tea is handcrafted from the purest buds to deliver a smooth and silky, oxidant-rich brew that’s as delicious as it is therapeutic.

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White tea is being heralded as one of the hottest new food trends by market researchers around the world but, for us, it’s much more than a trend … we’ve been singing its praises for years.
To have Madura Silver Needles White Tea, or any of our premium or organic green tea blends delivered direct to your door, phone (02) 6670 6000 or visit the Madura online store


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