REVIEW ARTICLE

Tea from the Food Science Perspective: An Overview

The Open Biotechnology Journal 16 June 2020 REVIEW ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874070702014010078

Abstract

Tea (Camelia sinensis L.) is one of the main beverages known and consumed all around the world. Quality of tea is not only linked to the raw material but also to the processing steps that influence on the biochemical and sensory characteristics of each type of tea. This overview is focused on the differences in the production and composition of the main types of teas present in the market, highlighting not only their chemical and sensory characteristics, but also the importance of this plant from the food science viewpoint related to its several applications.

Keywords: Green tea, Oolong tea, Black tea, Tea processing, Polyphenol oxidase, Tea polyphenols.
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