There is a well-established reason that tea is the most popular beverage in the world. Tea is the perfect mix of nutrition and taste that is blended to perfection. You can drink it at any point of time – not just restricted to a breakfast companion. It is also widely used at various occasions and traditions, and has found its way into people’s lifestyle.
India is the second largest producer of tea in the world, producing an average 1,325,050 tonnes each year.
Some of the most prized teas belong to India – such as Assam Tea and Darjeeling Tea, praised for their unique taste and flavour.
The Prime Minister of India gifted Queen Elizabeth with Darjeeling Tea upon his visit to Britain. Such is the power of tea – it can even bring nations together.
The British had commenced the production of tea in India. They had noticed a potential in the soil and decided to introduce tea in the country.
England In 1662 witnessed the introduction of tea through the marriage of Charles II to Portugal’s Catherine of Braganzewas. She had provided tea as a dowry.
It is popularly believed that iced tea was developed by Richard Blechynden in 1904(USA). He sold tea at a fair in hot weather, which did not attract the attention of anyone. He went on to pour ice all over the tea and sell it. This was a game changer in history. But in ‘Housekeeping in Old Virginia’ by Marion Cabell Tyree (1877), you can actually find a recipe for iced tea.
Tea bricks (tea leaves presented in a brick form) were used as a form of currency in many parts of the world originating in China.
Canada saw the advent of tea in 1716, when it was imported by the Hudson Bay Company.
Tea was introduced to Russia in the 1600s by the Chinese embassy in Moscow.
Karkade, made from hibiscus flowers and excessive sugar, is a common type of tea in Egypt.
Olive Leaf Tea in Italy is made from the leaves of Manzanillion and Mission olive trees.
Tea was used as a medicine for centuries. After about 3,000 years, it progressed into an everyday beverage.
In the past, tea used to be very expensive and was kept under lock and key by people.
Earl Grey tea gets its name from a 19th Century British diplomat.
Processed tea leaves are categorized into four main grades based on their quality: Whole leaf, Broken Leaf, Fannings and Dust. Each of these four grades have numbers of subgrades.
The name ‘Orange Pekoe tea’ has no such relation to oranges. Its name is derived from the Dutch House of Orange.
What’s also interesting to know is that all types of tea – black, green, oolong, etc. all actually come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. It's how you process and brew it that makes the apparent difference.
The art of reading tea leaves is called tasseography.
There is a unique term called “the agony of the leaves.” that denotes the time when tea leaves uncurl when hot water is poured over them.
After a period of six months after the production of tea bags, it should be disposed of since the tea loses its flavour and quality.
There were a lot of unknown accidents as well that contributed to development of tea. Tea was discovered by the Chinese. The Chinese Emperor (back in 2727 BC) was boiling hot water, when a few leaves fell inside it. The pleasant scent of the brew had grabbed his attention.
The other accident is the invention of the tea bag. Thomas Sullivan had created small silk bags to give samples of tea. They misinterpreted the function of the tea bag and put the bag directly into the teapot. This accident gave birth to the tea bag, which is used till date.
The benefits of tea are even more surprising. It offers lower risk of cancer and heart diseases. It also strengthens your immunity system and prevents bacteria and infections. It works wonders for the skin as well. Though it serves the same function as a cup of coffee, the healthy dose of caffeine in tea provides a tranquilizing effect with mental alertness.
Therefore, tea is the best way to start your morning.
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