Oolong tea is one of the most common semi-oxidized tea in the Asia continent, it is more popular in China and Taiwan than any other Asia countries. Few of the most famous oolongs are Oriental Beauty and High Mountain Ali Shan.
Oolong tea is generated by withering the plant under strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting, this process and other stages will be repeated regularly to achieve the desired amount of bruising and browning of leaves. There are different types of Oolong tea this varies widely in flavors like sweet and fruity, woody and thick with roasted aromas, green and fresh with complex aromas….. These flavors are gotten on the horticulture and style of production. The two major styles which the leaves are usually formed are long curly leaves, and wrap-curled.
The Oolong tea name was generated from a Chinese name, simplified Chinese: 乌龙茶; traditional Chinese: 烏龍茶; pinyin: wūlóng chá. The other names of this tea are Brown Tea, Camélia Chinois, Camellia sinensis, Dark green teas...
How to prepare Oolong tea?
The Oolong tea preparation is quite straightforward and is the same to all varieties.
3 grams of tea should be used for 200ml of water you can also make use of two teaspoons of tea per cup
The integrated of the water to use should be about 200 to 205 °F (93 to 96 °C)
Steeped 2-3 minutes( the steeping of oriental Oolong tea is called gongfucha)
- OR perform a 2× short steeps of 20 seconds to 1 minute for more tea than usual for the amount of water used.
- Then your tea is ready, you can serve it one- to two-ounce tasting cups.
- High quality oolongs can be steeped several times and keep the same flavor
Oolong side effects
It is dangerous to drink more than 10 cups of oolong per day. Once you take too much of this tea you might face some side effects like ringing in the ears, confusion, tremor problems, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, irritability, irregular heartbeat, sleep, heartburn, dizziness, seizures (convulsions), and nervousness.
- Drinking more than 200mg of Oolong tea when pregnant can cause premature delivery, and miscarriage other negative effects, it can also lead to caffeine withdrawal in newborns and lower birth weight.
- Breastfeeding mothers should not take more than 2 cups a day – it can make your baby more bowel movements or become more irritable
- If Oolong tea is taken in large amount by a diarrhea patient, it can worsen diarrhea.
- Drink Oolong tea with caution if you have diabetes because it can affect the blood sugar levels
- Oolong tea can increase the high blood pressure of a patient suffering from this but this is adapted to a newbie taking the tea.
- For the obese, Oolong tea can affect the ae sensitivity of insulin in the body
- Due to the caffeine in the Oolong tea, once taken it helps to increase the pressure in the eyes which can last for 90 minutes
For women who take this tea regularly have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer
Helps to maintain alertness and mental performance if taken throughout the day
Can lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes if taken for 30 days
Oolong tea helps reduce the risk of having high blood pressure
If Oolong tea is taken for 10 years it will result in stronger bones by increasing bone minerals density.