Tea has stood to be among the top beverage consumed by humans since ancient times. There is a rich history of tea, and historians say the tea was first consumed as a medicinal drink in Southwest China during the Shang dynasty dating way back to the 3rd century AD. This article would present to you one such tea variant which is growing in popularity worldwide-owing to numerous health benefits it has.It belongs to Kenya and is popularly called as purple tea.I will also cover the know benefits of Kenyan Purple Tea, so lets dive in!
Despite tea being a loveable drink, people have been obsessed with brewing green tea or black tea. The Purple Tea historian documents was first found growing wild in the Indian Assam region. Nevertheless, it is only grown in Kenya for commercial purposes; it is no longer growing in the wild but in Kenyan farms and is a source of great revenue to the the Kenyan people.
Purple leaf tea has been introduced in the market lately, but people love tea. More people wish to learn about its unique history, flavor profile, health benefits, and much more. I am sure you’re also researching to know about this new product on the market. Well, you are in the right place, as we have researched all about purple tea from scratch to its benefits.
Table of Contents
- What is purple tea?
- Purple Tea from Kenya
- Purple Tea vs Black Tea
- How to prepare purple tea?
- What does purple tea taste like?
- Health Benefits of Purple Tea
- Final Thoughts
What is purple tea?
Purple tea is made from the leaves of the plant called Camellia Sinensis, which is the same plant from which black, green, oolong, and other tea styles are made. Unlike other tea types, however, this new varietal’s leaves are purple rather than green. Purple tea, too, has a unique polyphenol (GHG) form, which is not present in other varieties of tea. Its purple color is out of the purple, and red antioxidants called anthocyanins.
Purple Tea from Kenya
The purple tea grown in Kenya originated from India, where after bush growing, the purple tea was discovered and given to the Kenyan Tea Research Foundation who spent almost 25 years studying the plant and developing a genetic clone of it.
After crossbreeding the purple tea found in wild India naturally with the tea’s anthocyanin-rich cousin “Camelia Irrawadiensis,” the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya was able to develop this new Purple tea planted in Kenya. However, the Purple Tea seedlings were introduced to small-scale Kenyan farmers in 2011.
In Kenya, farms have started to grow the crop, and you will find most of the farms around Mount Kenya, which is the second-highest mountain in Africa. The cool mountain air assists the rays of the sun is reaching the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis.
The intensity of the UV rays causes the leaves to give a protective reddish-purple shield which, when brewed, produces a unique fruity, sweet, and flowery flavor—making it unique from other types of tea may it green or black.
Purple tea faced hurdles when Kenyan black tea producers had been able to block its market entry for many years. Kenyan purple tea farmers have recently been able to lift the ban on the export of this innovative new commodity with the aid of intergovernmental organizations, and purple tea has made its introduction to the rest of the world.
Purple Tea vs Black Tea
Purple tea has unique properties compared to black tea. These unique features have made purple te stand out in the world of tea. Here are some distinctive features between purple tea and black tea.
Purple tea Has higher amounts of Antioxidants.
The purple tea is not processed differently but the same as that of black tea they both have contained the same five primary compounds. However, the purple tea entails higher level amounts of the potent polyphenols (GHG, EGCG, ECG) as compared to green, black, or oolong teas. Thus meaning purple tea has higher antioxidant activity compared to green and black teas.
Research has revealed that purple tea has a free-radical scavenging rate of 52%, in comparison to green tea with 34% for green tea and 28% for black tea. When you drink purple tea due to high levels of more free radicals that are neutralized by antioxidants, it means you have low chances of the risk of systemic inflammation as well as a chronic disease.
Purple Tea Contains Anthocyanin
Purple tea contains anthocyanin, which makes it exceptional from other types of tea. Research reveals that anthocyanin is the remedy of treating multiple illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, and even cancer. Purple tea produces higher level amounts of anthocyanins than blueberries — around 1.5% compared to 0.1% for blueberries hence making it beneficial than both.
Low Caffeine levels
Purple tea is said to have low amounts of caffeine naturally as compared to black tea. Hence it is the best type of tea for people who wish to limit their intake of caffeine. There is another compound found in purple tea called l-theanine. The compound is important as it assists in lowering anxiety and encouraging relaxation. All the above benefits and more is an indication purple tea is the best choice of tea to drink. More so if you wish to include healthy foods and beverages in their daily routine should include purple tea.
How to prepare purple tea?
There is no big deal when you wish to prepare purple tea. If you have brew green tea before, then the process is the same. But if you have not here is what to do;
- You need to have purple tea leaves, the processed ones
- add it to a cup
- pour freshly boiled water over loose tea leaves
- wait for 3-4 minutes
- You can add lemon and honey, or some citrus fruit.
- Drink on an empty stomach twice a day for full benefits.
- After two weeks of continuous usage, see results.
Purple tea does not produce the bitterness or astringency associated with other teas.However if you still want to make it taste better you can read and follow simple steps which I have covered in this article.
What does purple tea taste like?
Do you wonder how purple tea tastes? It’s unlike any other tea that you would have tried and your curiosity is completely justified.
Purple tea tastes a little lighter than black tea but more nebulous as compared to the green tea. The character and taste of Kenyan Purple are often described as close, almost like oolong tea. Purple tea body is light and cleans similar to green tea. The tea doesn’t have grassy or vegetable flavor. Kenyan Purple is often manufactured like many oolongs-partially oxidized, with the leaves rolling gently. When you brew purple tea will have a soft reddish-purple color with a delicate floral flavor.
When you taste purple tea you will find it tastes the same as oolong tea but with a more graceful texture as compared to other types of tea. There is no grassy or vegetable taste as compared to green tea.
Overall Purple tea flavor is mild with light floral notes and clean finish, and when brewing, there is a beautiful pale purple color. Purple tea is also very low in caffeine, somewhere between green and white teas, making it a better choice for those looking for a less-caffeinated cup with all the benefits of tea. Purple tea, with added ingredients such as dried flower petals and tropical fruit, is also available in flavored blends.
Health Benefits of Purple Tea
Purple tea holds more benefits as compared to other types of tea in the market. It is a preferable drink to help you relax or drink it for skincare benefits. Many people are not aware of these benefits which are scientifically proven, drinking purple tea will make your skin look younger with no wrinkles.
Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Viral Properties
Purple tea contains both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, and when you drink, it assists you to fight off fevers as well as flue easily. The tea can as well as assist the pain caused by arthritis or other inflammation found in the body.
Antioxidant Properties Galore
Purple tea is said to have high levels of antioxidants as compared to black tea. The antioxidants found in purple are crucial in fighting several categories of cancer cells like prostate cancer, breast cancer, oral cancer, colon cancer, as well as tumor metastasis.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Purple tea helps in reducing LDL cholesterol, and the tea increase HDL cholesterol hence assisting lower the risks of high blood pressure.
May Enhance Cognitive Function
In a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, revealed that the antioxidants contained in the purple tea help in boosting brain health and functioning. It means purple tea is a supplement right in reducing the high risks of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Purple tea also contains another compound called Phytochemicals, and it assists in controlling blood sugar levels in the body. Hence by drink purple tea, you will be able to control sugar level in your body easily curb diabetes.
Generally, tea is a well-known ingredient to help maintain smooth skin and fight wrinkles as well as improve skin tone. Purple tea is not exceptional as it has all compounds found in other types of tea to assist you to have skin with enhanced completion and overall beauty.
No Caffeine Jitters
Purple tea has natural low caffeine content, and this makes it a unique type of tea. There are benefits of drink tea with low caffeine, like will not have a hard time trying to sleep, addiction, and you can drink more cups of tea as compared to the other type of tea.
If you can get your hands on Purple tea leaves at your local stores, it looks worthy enough to give a try to. I consider myself unfortunate for not being able to find one. I will look forward to trying it in the future with the hope to be a recipient of a whole lot of benefits that it offers.
If you have experience with it and would like to share, feel free to put it down in the comments below.
Happy Brewing y’all 🙂