Loose leaf white tea is a class of tea produced under minimal processing. Loose leaf white tea is not rolled or oxidized, and therefore totes a lighter flavour than either loose leaf green or black teas. Loose leaf white tea is derived from tea buds and young leaves that are picked just prior to the buds fully opening. The harvest is then left to wither and dry by sunlight. Loose leaf white tea is, in fact, pale yellow. "White tea" simply comes from the silvery white hairs found on the buds of the tea plant. Loose leaf white tea originates from the same plant as black and green tea, and it has been documented as having similar concentrations of bioactive compounds as green tea, which have been linked to many health benefits.