There are plenty of tea trends that come and go, but purple tea is an exciting new type of tea that’s here to stay. Keep reading to find out what purple tea is, benefits of purple tea, and some interesting facts about purple tea farming in Kenya.
What is Purple Tea?
You’ve likely had black tea, green tea, and even white tea - but chances are that you haven’t tried purple tea. You’re probably wondering what is purple tea, exactly? If you’re imagining something the colour of grape juice, think again!
Purple bud tea is a variety of tea plant that was developed by the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya, and the leaves are actually purple! This variety is completely natural- it’s not a GMO plant.
About Purple Tea Farming in Kenya
Purple tea farming in Kenya is a natural progression in the long history of tea production in the country. Selective breeding of tea plants was used to develop a new variety of tea with purple leaves that brews to give a subtle yet lovely purple tea colour.
This new purple tea cultivar is part of the Camellia Sinensis Assamica tea family and was developed over 25 years ago after a genetic mutation resulted in a purple tea plant. Kenya is the only country where you will find these beautiful, organic, purple tea gardens and JusTea is proud to be the first company to offer farmer-direct purple tea to the world!
What are the Perks and Benefits of Having Purple Tea?
JusTea’s purple Kenyan loose tea is the product of more than a decade of working with farmers to develop the best possible flavour and health benefits. Here are a few benefits of purple tea you should know about.
The Purple Colour of Purple Tea Leaves Comes from Antioxidants
Any other type of tea you drink, whether it’s black tea, green tea, or white tea all comes from a tea plant with green leaves. Purple tea is unique in that it comes from a plant that has purple leaves.
This purple colour is due to antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are also found in other superfood purple plants like blueberries, acai, and eggplants. Antioxidants help to protect your cells from damage by binding free radicals, molecules which can lead to premature ageing and diseases. Isn’t that a nice bonus to have for your health each time you enjoy a warm, delicious cup of purple tea?
Our Purple Tea is Crafted as an Unoxidized Leaf so you Get More Health Benefits
Oxidization is a natural process in tea production in which the tea leaves are exposed to air to dry and darken. Oxygen absorbed by the leaves triggers enzymes in the tea leaves to carry out chemical reactions.
Leaves need to be heated early on in the production process to stop these enzymes. Our purple tea is not allowed to oxidize to ensure that all the healthy antioxidants stay in the tea for maximum health benefits.
Purple Tea Contains More Antioxidants and Less Caffeine Than Other Teas
You might be wondering how purple tea stacks up against green tea, which is known for its health benefits. Purple Kenyan loose tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea yet has only half the amount of caffeine! That makes it a great calming tea, especially if you’re trying to cut back on your caffeine but still want to enjoy a comforting cup of tea.
Purple tea has higher polyphenol content than green tea as well, which is the category of powerful antioxidants that anthocyanins belong to. These are known to protect against illnesses and have been found to reduce cholesterol, improve immunity, and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Enjoy the Best Purple Tea, Straight from the Farms of Kenya, to Your Cup
Now that you know about some benefits of purple tea, why not get your very own farmer-direct purple tea and find out how it tastes? JusTea’s purple tea has won a variety of awards and is available in a number of unique flavours, including purple mint tea, purple leaf tea, purple chocolate, and more.
Give this unique and delicious tea a try and support purple tea farming in Kenya at the same time.