Even though one studies tea until old age, one can never learn
all the names of types of teas. – Chinese Proverb
Oolong tea comes from the buds, leaves and stems of the same plant as black and green tea. While black tea is fully fermented and oxidized, oolong tea is fermented and only partially oxidized. This means the freshly picked tea is withered, rolled and heated in a warm, darkened room to promote quick oxidation. Oolong tea will have a lighter colour than black tea because the heating process stops the fermentation process. Oolong means “black dragon” in Chinese. It is mostly produced in China, where it originated around the 18th century.
Some believe oolong tea may assist in sharpening your thought processes and improving alertness. That may be in part because of its higher caffeine rating(2 out of 3). Oolong and green tea share some health benefits but green tea ranks slightly higher because it contains slightly more antioxidant properties.
Oolong may also assist with weight loss and boosting the immune system, and be used to prevent prevent brittle bones or to treat diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. But since there is limited scientific evidence to support most of these uses, don’t count on it! If it sounds too good to be true…
Man can do without food for three days, but without tea, not for one.
– Chinese Proverb