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Most of the tea literature I've read uses ferment and oxidize interchangeably. Are you sure one is more correct than the other? --Wmorgan


Scientifically, yes... see the Tea web page for more. I think it's an affectation inherited from Wine(ers) :-) -- NickelKnowledge


After looking at the definitions of these two terms, I concur. There's no (intentional) processing by microorganisms or gaseous release, so fermentation is not the correct term.--Wmorgan


It's not "correct" term, but it's one traditionally used to describe this process. --Taw