What Is Purple Tea?

Ever wonder what purple tea really is? Where does purple tea come from? Why is purple tea purple? Let us enlighten you!

High in the valleys and mountain tops of Kenya you’ll find fields of purple leaves glistening in the hot African sun. These leaves come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, where all tea originates from. But what exactly is purple tea and how does it differentiate from other varieties of tea?

While purple tea isn’t completely purple, the brewing process gives the drink a slight purple tint. When lemon is added, this purple color intensifies. Not only does the brewing process create a uniquely colored tea, it also creates a drink that contains benefits that differ from other varieties of tea. Purple tea is naturally higher in antioxidants, polyphenols, and anthocyanins than other types of tea. Antioxidants help our bodies fight free radicals and oxidative stress from the environment, pollution, or fried foods that can lead to illness. Purple tea is a new variety of tea that originates from the same tea leaf as both green and black tea. Purple tea is grown exclusively on Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa next to Mount Kilimanjaro. Our tea leaves turn purple due to the high altitudes of the mountain tops combined with the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This natural process creates a purple tint that differentiates itself among other variations of tea. 

Polyphenols are micronutrients that the body absorbs through food. Aside from nutrients, they are also packed with antioxidants and are thought to improve digestion, aid in weight management, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. Purple tea has the highest amount of polyphenols at 16.5% compared to green (9.1%), black (10.1%), or oolong tea (7.4%).

Anthocyanins are a class of plant based chemicals with antioxidant components. They’re responsible for giving red, purple, and blue plants their vibrant hue. Furthermore, research suggests they are believed to be anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and provide cancer fighting benefits.

Not only is purple tea good for you, but it also supports others as well. Kenya is the world’s third-largest producer of tea with their tea industry accounting for over a quarter of the country’s export earnings. At Kabaki, we’re committed to supporting the farmers that help us create our tea. By purchasing our tea, not only are you doing good for your health, but also for others.

Here’s to purple being the new green!

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