22 Facts About Tea


Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia which probably originated in the borderlands of southwestern China and northern Myanmar.

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Tea is rarely made from the leaves of Camellia taliensis.

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Tea has a stimulating effect in humans primarily due to its caffeine content.

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Tea plants are native to East Asia and probably originated in the borderlands of southwestern China and northern Myanmar.

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Tea was disdained by the Northern dynasties aristocrats, who describe it as a "slaves' drink", inferior to yogurt.

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Tea was known to have influenced tea drinking on a large part in China.

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Tea was first introduced to Western priests and merchants in China during the 16th century, at which time it was termed cha.

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Tea became a fashionable drink in The Hague in the Netherlands, and the Dutch introduced the drink to Germany, France, and across the Atlantic to New Amsterdam.

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Tea, however, was not widely consumed in the British Isles until the 18th century and remained expensive until the latter part of that period.

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Tea smuggling during the 18th century led to the general public being able to afford and consume tea.

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Tea began his journey in high secrecy as his mission occurred in the lull between the First Opium War and the Second Opium War.

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Tea was originally consumed only by Anglo-Indians; however, it became widely popular in India in the 1950s because of a successful advertising campaign by the India Tea Board.

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Tea contains small amounts of theobromine and theophylline, which are stimulants, and xanthines similar to caffeine.

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Tea plants are propagated from seed and cuttings; about 4 to 12 years are needed for a plant to bear seed and about three years before a new plant is ready for harvesting.

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Tea is mainly grown in Asia and Africa, though it is grown in South America and around the Black and Caspian Seas.

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Tea must be kept at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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Tea is generally divided into categories based on how it is processed.

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Tea leaves are packaged loosely in a canister, paper bag, or other container such as a tea chest.

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Tea is the second most consumed beverage on Earth, after water.

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Tea ceremonies have arisen in different cultures, such as the Chinese and Japanese traditions, each of which employs certain techniques and ritualised protocol of brewing and serving tea for enjoyment in a refined setting.

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Tea is consumed both at home and outside the home, often in cafes or tea rooms.

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Tea is grown mostly in Rize Province on the Black Sea coast.

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