Sit back It’s time for a cup of hot tea and some interesting facts about this popular drink in the world.
Preference for this fragrant beverage from around the world may have been changing for more than three decades, but its appeal has always remained the same.
From camel caravans to political revolutions, tea has always been a regular companion of human beings. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT ain’t for me either.
But here are ten amazing facts about tea that most tea lovers may not know.
1. Evidence of the first use of tea in China 200 years before Christ
Dry leaf-like objects have been found in the ancient tomb of Yingling in central China.
The presence of caffeine and theanine in the leaves indicates that it was actually tea that was buried with the deceased so that he could use it in the afterlife. For the first time since this discovery, tea The date of use goes back another 200 years.
2. All types of tea are derived from the same plant species
The ancestor of all the tea in the world is the plant Camilla Sinensis. The leaves and buds of this evergreen shrub or small tree were used to make tea.
Different types of tea are due to different cultivators, growing conditions, and production processes.
3. A religious drink
Tea was brought to Japan by Japanese clergymen and diplomats returning from China around the 6th century and became a favorite drink of the religious community. And for many centuries, green tea was a special drink of the upper class.
Chinese Buddhist monks introduced the tea ceremony in the 15th century, but the Japanese made it a formal ritual that later became a semi-religious and social tradition.
4. Russian caravan tea
Most teas in Russia was brought by caravans of camels from China.
These camel caravans would travel for months, carrying tea to the other side of the continent. The leaves taste of the smoke that characterized this tea and that is why we still call it Russian caravan tea.
5. When China’s monopoly broke
In the 17th century, when diplomatic and trade relations between China and the British Empire broke down, Britain began to search for more markets for tea.
The East India Company, which controlled world trade, hired Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to collect rare plants from around the world and sell them to the elite.
He was told to go to China secretly and smuggle tea plants to India so that a parallel industry could be set up there.
Surprisingly, they managed to smuggle 20,000 tea plants from China to Darjeeling in India. But when I went there, I found out that there are already a lot of these plants.
But it would not be wrong to say that Robert Fortune’s activities were instrumental in making India a tea house.
6. Milk in tea
The tea plant grown in India is a subspecies of Camellia sinensis Anamika. Assam tea tastes better in the form of black tea than green tea. Oxidation causes the leaves to turn black, removing the flower-like taste and making them thick, sharp, and barley-like.
Usually, the first English breakfast tea with Assamese tea was very strong and that is why it was necessary to add milk.
In the UK, milk is added to English breakfast tea, but in other parts of Europe, it is not customary to add milk to tea.
This is also because tea in the Netherlands came from the Indonesian region of Java, which was not fast and did not require milk, and became popular in Europe, Spain, and Germany.
7. Tea on toast
When tea was first brought to London in 1657, people were worried about what was the best way to drink it. It was an expensive item that not everyone could afford, and it became a symbol of sophistication. But not everyone knew what to do with it. There are also reports that people would soak them and then eat them or put them on toasted toast.
8. ‘Victory’ over tea and coffee
Traditionally, Turkey is one of the largest tea markets in the world.
Most of Turkey’s black tea comes from the fertile slopes of the Riz region, located on the east coast of the Black Sea. Although Turkish coffee is famous all over the world, tea is the most popular beverage in Turkey.
9. The hand of tea in the revolution
In 1773, the residents of Boston, USA, rose up against the colonial era of British imperialism. Meanwhile, the Boston Tea Party was formed to protest against the tea tax imposed by the British government. In the dark of night, nationalists attacked three British ships docked at the port of Boston and threw 342 containers of tea into the sea. The protest brought the American War of Independence one step closer.
10 Recognize your tea
And also that when you drink different types of tea, you try to pay attention to its aroma, taste, and shape. Is.