LEGEND surrounds the History of Tea, from a windblown leaf landing in the Chinese Emperors bowl of boiling water in 2737BC to the same emperor finding that tea worked well as an antidote! From these humble beginnings, tea now stands as the world’s second most consumed drink (what do you think is the first?*) and continues to fascinate and delight tea drinkers the world over. From the early wild tea bushes in Asia to the burgeoning Tea estates in Africa, Tea is now grown in many parts of the world and its history is intertwined with the building of empires, the growth of economic powerhouses and even holds religious significance to this day.
ONLY one plant is responsible for all the worlds’ tea! Its sounds amazing but the Camelia Sinensis produces thousands of varieties of Teas. The different teas are due to many different factors such as where it is grown, altitude (some high grown teas are so rare and sought after that specialists eagerly await their picking each year) and processing. Like coffee, the tea plants love hot days, cool nights, plenty of rain and higher altitudes to help them produce their sought after leaves.
ASWELL as the many varieties of tea, there is also the very popular Herbal or Tisane teas. Produced from various herbs, flowers, fruits and plants these teas are widely used and offer health benefits to millions of consumers.
TEA as we mentioned comes in many varieties, the most popular being:
ON the question of preparation? Tea can be prepared in many ways from the time honoured Gongfu Cha (Chinese tea ceremony) to the good old Builders brew but there are several factors which will allow you to get the most out of each tea you have:
TEA & HEALTH – Over recent years much has been said about the health benefits of tea and studies continue today to prove the effectiveness of different forms of tea in preventative medicine. Studies suggest that antioxidants, minerals and vitamins in tea may help protect against cancer, boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, prevent tooth decay to name but a few. As research continues the popularity of tea will continue to grow as people turn to natural remedies used in unison with medical science.
*In case you are still wondering Water is the most consumed drink in the world!
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