Tea with heart

Updated: 2014-02-28 08:24

By Fan Zhen (China Daily)

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Tea with heart

Step 3. Rolling: This is where thousands of varieties in tea appearance are created, and also where the process of developing flavors is started. The softened tea leaves are rolled, pressed or twisted to break the cell walls of the leaf, wringing out the juices inside. This exposes enzymes and essential oils in the leaf to oxygen in the air - the start of oxidation. [Photo provided to China Daily]