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All tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant (referred to as the tea tree, tea plant or tea bush); the difference in the many varieties of tea lies in the processing and the terroir (e.g. the difference in Indian versus Chinese versus Japanese growing environments, and different regional environments within countries). Unlike black and oolong teas, green tea is made from leaves that are not fermented before they are dried. Thus, the antioxidant levels of green tea are five times higher than black tea. Green tea is also high in vitamin C. Green tea is produced by panning freshly picked tea leaves at a high temperature for a short period of time to stop oxidation before it starts, which also preserves most of the polyphenols. (Note: See also white tea. White tea is also not fermented and is even higher in antioxidants.)
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