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USEFUL AND INFORMATIVE TEA FACTS
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TEA - A ROYAL BEGINNING
The legendary beginning of tea takes us back more than 5000 years to China. In 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor Shen Nung accidentally discovered tea as a drink.
Emperor Shen Nung had an interest in the arts, was a scientist and a very skilled ruler. One of his edicts, as a hygenic precaution, was to boil all drinking water. One day a tea leaf from a nearby bush fell into his bowl of hot water and turned it into a brown liquid. Through his inquisitive nature he drank some and found it to be tasty and refreshing.
Tea was discovered for all of us to enjoy.
TEA - A WORLD WIDE BEVERAGE
By 400 AD, tea cultivation and use was wide spread in China. Tea was considered a medicinal beverage, and often flavered with onion, ginger, spices, or orange. Around 500 AD tea was introduced to the middle east. In 593 Buddhist Monks introduced tea Japan. Tea received it's own chinese character ch'a in 725.(See image on the right). In 1560 the Portugese were importing tea to Europe, and within 40 years the Dutch joined in the tea trade.
In the mid 1600's tea drinking had spread all of Europe. From there it found it's way to the Americas and soon became the most popular beverage in the American colonies. British taxes led to the Boston tea party and the American revolution.
Tea has again become a popular beverage. The Japanese tea ceremony, British afternoon tea, tea gardens, tea and coffee houses, all have become part of our culture.
Tea bags and canned or bottled teas have made it a beverage to be enjoyed any time, any where. It is tasty and has medicinal benefits, and there is bound to be a type or flavour of tea for everyone.
Start trying different teas and enjoy the tea benefits.
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