This consists of the topmost bud and leaves of the tea bush, or sometimes just the bud (also known as ‘NEEDLE’ or ‘TIPS’) alone, which is picked before it unfurls. They are handled and processed as little as possible – they are just withered in the sunshine or indoors in a warm room if the weather is poor. They are believed to have the highest antioxidant content of any tea. The curled-up buds are referred to as Silver Tip, because of their silvery in colour.