All true teas stem from the plant Camellia sinensis, an attractive perennial shrub about five feet tall with gentle rounded leaves and tender twigs. Tea becomes green, black, or other varieties depending upon the time of harvest, and the way it is cured and handled. Tea begins to oxidize as soon as it is picked. Chinese and English teas allow oxidation to proceed as they dry, but with Japanese green tea oxidation is skillfully halted by the steaming and rubbing process.
Herbal teas are not true teas and do not contain any tea leaves at all. They are infusions that are made from many types of plants or combinations of plants simmered in boiling water. Each herb has various healthful attributes such as plant chemicals known as polyphenols and flavonoids, volatile oils, and antioxidants.
EDEN Organic Sencha Rose Green Tea is a delightful combination of both true tea and herbal tea - our premium Sencha Green Tea and the queen of flowers, Roses. Expertly blended resulting in a delicate tasting tea with floral notes and smooth undertones of soothing green tea. The best of both loaded with antioxidant health benefit from green tea's catechins and the volatile oils of roses. 41 percent less caffeine than regular brewed coffee.
EDEN Sencha is organically grown on remote, centuries old tea plantations of Uji, Japan by the Nagata family. Unlike most farmers the Nagatas process their first, most prized leaves into Sencha. While most tea farmers spray their plants with chemicals fifteen to twenty times per year, the Nagata family has rejected chemical agriculture completely. They do not use animal manure, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides and replenish nutrients in their soil only with vegetable quality compost. The Nagatas are somewhat of a curiosity to the neighboring tea farmers. Their plants are not overly protected and pampered, and are allowed to grow according to their own pattern. Although they harvest slightly less tea than those using the pampered and chemical methods, their tea plants produce tea for twice as long a period of time. Chemically grown plants burn out in about twenty years, but the Nagata plants commonly produce for forty years, and some for as long as one hundred years. The Nagata family has supplied natural food shops around the world with organic sencha and other organic teas since 1974.
The hand harvested organic rose hips and organic rose petals in EDEN Organic Sencha Rose Green Tea come from Bulgaria and Morocco, two of the most famous rose cultivating countries in the world, where roses have been grown for centuries for use in perfume, oils, tea, and in cooking. Although there are over 10,000 different roses, there are only three whose odors are said to be highly prized. One of those is Rosa damascena used in EDEN Organic Sencha Rose Tea.
Our rose hips come from Bulgaria, the largest and number one area worldwide for the cultivation of Rosa damascena. Bulgaria is famous for its Valley of the Roses, an area approximately 80 miles long by 30 miles wide in the majestic Balkan and Sredna Gora Mountains. Here Rosa damascena grows wild. Attempts at cultivating roses in other areas of Bulgaria have apparently failed. This particular variety thrives in the area's sandy soil with exposure to bright sunlight and protection from the cold winter winds by the surrounding mountains. Over 180 villages are involved in the cultivation of roses there, with over 20,000 small farmers cultivating about 1 acre of private rose gardens. Each year in May the entire valley is transformed into a breathtaking sight of rose blossoms until the hand picking ritual ends in early June.
Rosa damascena, a light pinkish-red rose with 36 petals to each flower, is very fragrant. Like Bulgaria, Morocco has its Valley of the Roses called the Dades Valley. Our delicate rose petals come from this famous valley located in the Atlas Mountains of Southern Morocco. This area is the third largest worldwide for the cultivation of the Rosa damascena. The Dades Valley is actually a dessert oasis irrigated by the Dades River that winds through the valley. Like in Bulgaria, the Rosa damascena thrives in the valley's sandy soil and sunny environment where the surrounding mountains and olive trees purposely planted around the rose gardens protect them from the cold winter winds.
The flavor of tea reflects the soil it is grown in, the season picked, and the curing process. EDEN Organic Sencha Rose Green Tea is tended adhering to strict organic practices. The growers are dedicated to organic farming. This dedication is also reflected in the use of skillfully executed traditional handling methods that preserve and enhance the tea's flavor, antioxidants, and volatile oils resulting in exceedingly fine organic tea.
Most tea bags contain a plastic that allows them to be heat sealed. We didn't think this was any way to treat good tea. Every part of an EDEN tea bag reflects the highest care, from its oxygen washed manila fibers, to its crimped seal and 100 percent cotton string. No whiteners or plastics used.
Green tea has been the focus of medical research in many countries over the past decade. These studies affirm green tea's healthful properties. Powerful antioxidants, including epigallocatechins gallate, tannins and flavonoids, all collectively referred to as "catechins" are cited. These polyphenols account for up to 40 percent of the tea's dry weight. Roses and rose hips have played an important part in diets for centuries and were used in making teas, salads, sandwiches, and preserves. They are highly valued for beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and volatile oils.
EDEN Organic Traditional Teas contain no added flavorings or dyes, and are not processed using any additives whatsoever.