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tea plantationTea Production

After picking, tea leaves will soon begin to wilt and oxidize if not dried quickly. Tea leaves turn progressively darker as a result of the breaking down of chlorophyll and releasing of tannins. This enzymatic oxidation is called fermentation in the tea industry although there is no true fermentation.

Oxidation is the key in tea making, because the basic difference between the 4 main types of tea, is the degree of oxidation.