Purple Tea – can it replace Green Tea?

Green tea may have some serious competition from the rich and healthy Purple tea, that originated in India and is now available only in Kenya.
The anthocyanin-rich purple tea or ‘ox-blood’ as is known, is also found in Assam and wild purple tea was recently discovered in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam.
Apart from its bright colour, this type of tea contains anthocyanin, which has many medicinal properties and is particularly known to be beneficial against cardiovascular diseases. Purple tea’s high antioxidant effects “provide anticancer benefits, and improve vision, cholesterol and blood sugar metabolism.” This tea also has much lower caffeine content than black or green tea.
Purple tea is a genetic mutation of tea plants to have the higher levels of anthocyanin giving the leaves an unusual purple appearance.
It is the same antioxidant that gives blueberries their deep blue color and brings about the brilliant reds and oranges of fall foliage.
Tea made from purple tea leaves will have a darker appearance and the brewed tea will often have a slightly purple cast to it.
Over 25 years ago, the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya (TRFK) developed this new Purple cultivar and small-scale Kenyan farmers planted the seedlings in 2011. Purple Leaf Tea is a cultivar of Camellia Sinensis (species) Assamica (varietal). It is called Purple Tea because the bushes grow purple leaves in Kenyan tea gardens. This is not a GMO plant; it is completely natural and part of the tea family.
Drinking Purple Tea is unlike any other tea experience you’ve had, it is vibrant and beautiful and contains super anti-oxidants called anthocyanins. These anthocyanins have been found to lower cholesterol, improve immune health, and help as an anti-inflammatory. And when you add lemon to this tea, the anthocyanins react to enhance the color and it will become even more vibrant!

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