Tea is a part of most of our daily lives, and while we’re surrounded by it all the time – how much do we really know about its history? We felt it was only fair to kick off our blog with some fun trivia facts & tidbits about your favourite beverage. Consider this perfect reading material for your next cup of tea!
1-According to Legend, Tea was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BC, almost 5000 years ago! A tea leaf accidentally fell into his bowl full of hot water and the rest is history.
2.The art of reading tea leaves is known as Tasseography. This is done to predict the future or someone’s fortune, based on patterns of leaves on the cup. Would you ever give it a go?
3.Rooibos is a herbal tea that is made from plants native to South Africa, which have thin leaves that look like needles. The tea is also called Red tea, after its beautiful colour.
4.Tea absorbs moisture, which is why it’s important to store your loose tea and tea bags in sealed, air tight containers. This retains flavour and freshness.
5.Bubble Tea is a famous variation of tea that is sweet, and has tapioca pearls. It began in Taiwan in 1980 and originated with black tea and condensed milk for sweetness.
6.Herbal teas aren’t traditional teas as they do not come from the tea plant, but are infusions of roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and fruits in a brewed form.
7.Green teas are not fermented, only steamed to remove moisture; while black teas are made from fermented leaves that have been heated up directly. Our green tea is a magical blend of antioxidants and flavour.
8.Earl Grey was a 19th century British diplomat. He visited China and the citrusy was the tea was named after him. It contains bergamot orange.
9.Always use fresh water to make your cuppa tea, because water that has been boiled beforehand loses oxygen and makes tea taste flat. And no one wants that!
10.They commonly drink ‘Butter Tea’ in Tibet, which is made from black tea, yak butter and salt. Called Pocha in its native language, people often travel far distances just to taste this.
11.Matcha is a powdered green tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies, with caffeine-esque qualities. It is gaining popularity now due to its health benefits and ease of availability.
12.Lemon and milk should never mix! The citrus elements of lemon and milky tea will made it curdle. We’re not making tarts here, so be careful to only add lemons or zest to plain non-milky tea.
13.Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, the first being Water.
14.It takes upto 3- 5 years before a tea bush is ready to be plucked. Once mature, a tea bush will yield tea for upto 50 years or more! No wonder tea has such a long history of family businesses and estates.
15.Sprinkling dry tea leaves over charcoal during BBQs adds a lovely smokey flavour to the food. This is mostly done with black tea with underlying citrusy notes. Yum!
16.Cold tea applied on sunburnt skin can help reduce the irritation due to anti inflammatory properties. This also work on puffy eyes. This works especially well with black tea bags.
17.Iranians hold a piece of sugar between their teeth while drinking their tea. They do not like to mix it directly into the tea. No, really! The perfect Persian cup of tea includes ‘Chayee’ and a stick or cube of sugar side by side.
18.Known to be a mild appetite suppressant, certain teas (especially green tea) has gained a reputation to help in slimming down and increasing metabolism.
19.The Darjeeling tea grown in India is referred to as the Champagne of teas. You can find some beautiful blends in our store, right here
20.An ‘Arnold Palmer’ is a drink that is half iced tea and half lemonade. It is named after the popular professional golfer, and is a hit in western countries. Try a blend of lemonade (nimbu paani) and iced tea next time you need a thirst quencher!