As I was going through the process of getting our wild-harvested yaupon to the roasting stage I decided to try steeping some before I put it through the roasting process. What I realized was something quite amazing: Our wild-harvested yaupon tea was infinitely better than any green tea I have ever tried.
There is a large group out there that simply loves their green tea, and with good reason. Studies have shown that green tea aids in improving blood flow, lowering cholesterol and helping to stave off heart disease. Green tea is also high in antioxidants which aid in combatting cancer. But green tea can have a heavy tannin aftertaste, one reason many people shy away from consuming green tea on a daily basis.
Yaupon tea, wild-harvested and unroasted on the other hand, doesn’t have the tannins that produce the often bitter aftertaste that green tea delivers. Yaupon is naturally low in tannins so it has no bitter aftertaste, and the health benefits equal and surpass those provided by green tea.
Several studies have shown that the quercetin and kaempferol 3-O-rutinosides contained in yaupon affect the inflammatory process associated with many diseases including colon cancer.
Additionally, yaupon’s high levels of antioxidants help prevent the ravages of osteoporosis by helping to thwart the destructive properties associated with bone tissue loss. And because yaupon is high in antioxidants it can help – in an all-natural way –manage the free radicals associated with certain types of cancer.
Yaupon also promotes good liver health and aids in the management of inflammatory diseases while affording protection against oxidative damage to the liver. And because yaupon has no bitter aftertaste is gives the illusion of just a wee bit of “sweet”, something attractive to diabetic patients who miss that treat on their taste buds.
When I compared our Emerald Coast Tea Company wild-harvested yaupon tea with the most popular brands of green teas there was no question which cup tasted smoother and less bitter. Yaupon wild-harvested tea has replaced green tea in our cabinet. If you try it compared to your favorite green tea we are sure you will agree.