Sit back. It’s time for a hot tea cup and a few interesting facts about this popular beverage in the world.
Over the past nearly three decades, preferences for this aromatic beverage made from leaves may have changed for the last three decades, but its charm has always remained.
From camel caravans to political revolutions, tea has always been a regular companion of men. Yes, do not forget those whose bodies were also buried with tea and other essential goods for the ‘next world’.
But here are ten amazing facts about tea that even the most absorbent of tea may not know.
1. Evidence of the first use of tea in China 200 years ago
Items such as dried leaves have been found in the ancient tomb of Yinglung in central China.
The presence of caffeine and thiamine in the leaves suggests that it was in fact tea that was buried with the deceased so that they could use it in the post-death world.
For the first time since its discovery, the history of tea consumption goes back 200 years.
2. All types of tea, a plant of the species left
The world’s largest tea plant is the mosquito ‘Camilla sinensis’.
The leaves and buds of this evergreen shrub or small tree were used to make tea.
The variety of tea is due to its different cultivars, growing conditions and production process.
3. A religious beverage
Tea was brought to Japan by Japanese religious leaders and diplomats returning from China around the sixth century, and it became the favorite of the religious community. And for many centuries, green tea has been an elite beverage.
Chinese Buddhist monks introduced the tea ceremony in the 15th century, but the Japanese made it a regular ritual, which later became a semi-religious and social tradition.
4. Russian Caravan Tea
Most of the tea in Russia used to bring camel caravans from China.
These camel caravans traveled for months and arrived on the other side of the continent with tea.
The smoke generated by the fire outside their camps at night was slowly absorbed into the tea, and when it arrived in Moscow or St. Petersburg, the leaves of the tea smelled of smoke, which is why it is characterized by tea. We also call Russian Caravan Tea.
5. When China’s monopoly broke
In the 17th century, when the diplomatic and trade relations between China and the British Raj broke down, Britain began searching for tea and markets.
The East India Company, which controls global trade, hired Scottish foreman Robert Fortune, who collected rare plants from all over the world and sold them to the elite.
They were asked to go into China secretly and smuggle tea plants to India so that a parallel industry could be established there.
Amazingly they managed to smuggle 20,000 tea plants from China to Darjeeling, India. But going there, they found that there was a lot of these plants already.
But it would not be wrong to say that Robert Fortune’s activities involved the making of India a tea house.
6. Milk in tea
Tea plant grown in India is a subspecies of Camellia sinensis Asamica.
The taste of Assam tea feels better in the form of black tea instead of green. The leaves become blackened by oxidation or oxidation which removes their flower-like taste, making them thicker, sharper and ‘like’.
Generally the first English break fast tea containing Assam tea was very fast and this led to the need for milk.
Nowadays, English break fast tea is added to milk in the UK, but in other parts of Europe, it is not customary to drink milk in tea.
This is because tea in the Netherlands came from Indonesia, Java, which was not fast and did not need to be weaned and became popular in Europe, Spain and Germany.
7. Tea on toast
When tea was first brought to London in 1657, people were upset about what was the best way to drink it.
It was an expensive thing that not everyone could buy and it became a sign 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 toast with butter.
8. ‘ Victory ‘ over tea coffee
Traditionally, Turkey is one of the largest tea markets in the world.
Most of Turkey’s Black Tea Ridge comes from the fertile slopes of the region, which is located on the east coast of the Black Sea.
Although Turkish is widely known throughout the world, Turkey is the most popular beverage in Turkey.
9 The hand of tea in the revolution
In 1773, Boston residents of the United States rose up against the colonial era of British imperialism.
At the same time, the Boston Tea Party came into being, protesting against the British government’s tax on tea.
In the dark of the night, the nationalists attacked three British ships standing at the Boston port and dumped 342 containers of tea in the sea.
The protest made the American War of Independence a step closer.
10. Identify your tea
And also, when you drink different types of tea, you try to pay attention to its aroma, taste and appearance.
It is said that drinking tea by cursing or making a sound is known immediately.
So be a cup!