unknown facts about tea

Updated: Sep 7

1. Tea is the most popular beverage in the world after plain water

2. Green and Black Tea are made from the same plant

3. Americans prefer their tea cold

4. Technically Herbal Tea isn't Tea, they don't contain any actual tea leaves instead they contain different herbs, spices, and other plants like chamomile, hibiscus, and mint.

5. In the Himalayas it is traditional to add butter to milky black tea. The salt helps people living at high altitudes stay hydrated. Its called "po cha" in Tibet, and its the country's unofficial national beverage.

6. Its takes nearly 2,000 tea leaves to create one pound of tea.

7. Tea is associated with good health.

8. Over 1.42 million pounds of tea are consumed everyday in the USA.

9. There are around 3,000 types of tea.

10. Tea has more caffeine than coffee.

11. There are several types of tea, they all come from the same plant Camellia sinensis, but the difference lies in how the leaves are treated after they are harvested.

12. Darjeeling Tea is known as the Champagne of teas. Grown in the Himalayas in India this particular black variety is the best of the best.

13. The most expensive tea is a rare Chinese variety called Tieguanyin. It can cost up to $1500 a pound. Good news for buyers, the leaves can be brewed up to 7 times before losing flavor.

14. It takes about 3 years before a new tea plant is ready to harvest. It takes between 4 and 12 years for a tea plant to mature enough to produce seed.

15. Traditional afternoon tea is served between 3-6 pm. Any later it becomes known as High tea, upon which more substantial food should be offered.

16. Tea was allegedly discovered in 2737 B.C. Its believed Emperor Shennong of China had some leaves fall into his cup of boiling water. He drank the resulting liquid hence Tea.

17. Tea is valuable, ranked 31st in the most valuable crop/livestock league table. The global market is predicted to reach 44.3 Billion by 2021. Approximately 5.5 billion dollars in sales generated from ready to drink Teas.

18. Tea producing plantations are between 3,000 and 7,000 feet above sea level.

19. Originally, Root Beer (my fav) was called root tea. It was created in the late 19th century by a pharmacist called Charles Elmer Hires who lived in P.A. whom got the idea while staying in a hotel in NJ where he was served Root Tea.

20. The art of reading Tea leaves is known as Tasseography. This word originated in France. Tasse meaning cup. No one knows the exact origin of Tasseography.

21. The famous tea road that ran between Tibet and China was renowned for attacks by bandits who also liked the idea of using Tea as currency on the black market.

22. Alcohol can be a great accompaniment to tea. Known as hot toddy.

23. Durning afternoon tea, the person nearest the teapot is expected to pour the teas, not the person of higher authority. So if you don't like pouring tea, try not to sit nearest the teapot.

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