Tea is hot, and I don’t just mean literally. Whether you prefer the hot or iced variety, the fact is, tea has been fashionable for centuries, and has been assimilated into just about every corner of the planet. Even coffee can’t lay that claim. Sorry coffeholics.
Hands down the most popular beverage world-wide (excluding water of course), tea is also one of the healthiest beverages one can consumer, both for the body and soul.
A few fun facts about tea:
– Legend has it that in 2737 BC, Shen Nung, the second emperor of China, discovered tea when leaves blew into his pot of boiling water.
– Tea is often associated with Zen Buddhism in Japan because priests would drink tea to stay awake and meditate. The Buddhists developed a ceremony for sharing tea in a sacred, spiritual manner.
– There exits approximately 1,500 varieties of tea.
– Tea was introduced to England Tea in the 17th century when King Charles II married a Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. The Queen made tea the drink of royalty and soon tea became a popular import to Britain via the East India Company
– Tea bags and iced tea were both invented in the United States in 1904.
– Heavily taxed, tea was a contributing factor in the Boston Tea Party – an iconic event in American History.
– Long before the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as a currency in Siberia.
– Earl Grey tea, the story goes, came into being when Earl Charles Grey was shipping black tea and bergamot oranges in the same cargo. The scent and flavor of the oranges was absorbed into the tea and voila – Earl Grey lovers rejoice!
Soothing and inciting, delicious and healthy – altogether awesome, let’s hear it for tea!
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