From a single species of plant comes many teas. The tea tree, a shrub called Camellia sinensis, produces white, green, black and oolong teas. The tea's destiny is a matter of variables. The final drink reflects the tea cultivar, the growing environment and how the leaves are processed — dried, crushed, steamed, blended. Farmers pluck “baby” leaves, as one Snapple commercial put it in the mid-2000s, to begin making white tea.
"The Tea Plant Has a Whopper Genome, Four Times That of Coffee, Scientists Find" is from the May 02, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.