One of the world's most popular drinks, Tea has been around for almost 5,000 years. As a result, tea is steeped in history and tradition. Listed below are facts and trivia that will make you the most learned tea "expert", when enjoying a cup with your tea-toting friends.
According to legend, Tea was discovered in 2,737 B.C. during the Tang Dynasty in China. Some tea leaves fell into a pot of water being boiled for Chinese emperor Shen-Nung, who then drank the tea. Legend says he only drank tea after this day.
In ancient China, tea was one sued as a form of currency. The leaves were pressed into a brick form, which could be easily broken to make change.
Tea plants are an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 feet.
There are black, green, white and Ooling teas.
84% of tea consumed is black, 15 % is green. The remaining 1% is white and oolong. They all come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis.
The biggest tea party was held on December 16, 1773. American colonists protesting British taxes on tea, threw an entire shipment of tea overboard into Boston harbor proclaiming "No taxation without representation!".
Tea is the second most popular drink consumed in the world. Coffee is the most popular.
Thomas Sullivan of the United States invented tea bags in 1908.
Earl Grey teas was named after the 18th century British ambassador to China.
English tea gardens were a place where women cold socialize and mingle with men, without creating scandal or criticism.
Americans consume over 84 billion cups of tea a year.
75% - 80% of tea consumed in the U.S. is Iced Tea.
Over 80% of Millennial drink tea in some form.
Tea is calorie free and contains, no sodium, fat or sugar.
Black tea has about one half the caffeine as a cup of coffee.
Tea reduces your appetite, aiding those who are on a diet.
Countless studies have shown tea is good for your health and contains antioxidants. It helps to lower the risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
Tea helps fight cavities.
Englishman Richard Belchynden invented Iced Tea on a hot day at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Tea was not selling, so he poured it over ice to great success.
Reading tea leaves is called "Tasseography".
Medicinal teas have been made for thousands of years, to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Many plants, herbs and fruits can be used in making teas, too many to mention.
Teas like herbal teas, which do not contain tea leaves, are technically not tea.
Tea leaves unfurl as hot water is poured over them . This is called the "agony of the leaves".
Use fresh water each time you make tea. Water that has been previously boiled, lacks oxygen and the tea will have less flavor.
Orange Pekoe tea has no orange in it.
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