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Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by adding cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant to hot water. The term also refers to the plant itself. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour which many enjoy.
History of Tea
The history of tea is long and complex, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of thousands of years. Although tales exist in regards to the beginnings of tea being used as a beverage, no one is sure of its exact physical and cultural origins.
Sinensis is a native to eastern and southeastern China. .Origin and History the Camellia Sinensis Var Assamica is native to the area from Yunnan Province in China to the northern region of Myanmar and the state of Assam in India.
the legendary Emperor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine was drinking a bowl of just boiled water some time around 2737 BC when a few leaves were blown from a nearby tree into his water.Origin Myths In one popular Chinese legend. The emperor took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavor and restorative properties. Shennong. changing the color. .
and found tea to work as an antidote. stems. and roots of various plants to discover medicinal herbs. A similar Chinese legend goes that the god of agriculture would chew the leaves. Shennong is also mentioned in Lu Yu s famous early work on the subject. . some of them poisonous. Cha Jing.A variant of the legend tells that the emperor tested the medical properties of various herbs on himself. If he consumed a poisonous plant. he would chew tea leaves to counteract the poison.
In the legend. growing into tea bushes. the founder of Chan Buddhism. They fell to the ground and took root. He woke up in such disgust at his weakness that he cut off his own eyelids. accidentally fell asleep after meditating in front of a wall for nine years. Bodhidharma. .A rather gruesome legend dates back to the Tang Dynasty.
China is considered to have the earliest records of tea drinking with recorded use in its history dating back to the 1st millennium BC.History of Tea in China the Chinese have enjoyed tea for centuries. the use of tea as a medical herb useful for staying awake is unclear. . the Han Dynasty uses tea as medicine.
was a laborious process.History of Tea in China Laozi (ca. conducted in distant and often poorly accessible regions. This led to the rise of many apocryphal stories and legends surrounding the harvesting process. Tea production in China. . described tea as "the froth of the liquid jade" and named it an indispensable ingredient to the elixir of life. historically. the classical Chinese philosopher. 600-517 BC).
.History of Tea in India Tea cultivation flourished in India under the British Rule and today India is the largest producer of tea in the world. grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and is a prized Indian black tea. Darjeeling Tea is popular tea in India.
. at which point large tracts of land were converted for mass tea production. Its products were the basis of the Boston Tea Party in Colonial America.History of Tea in India commercial production of tea in India did not begin until the arrival of the British East India Company.
.History of Tea in India it is known that the tea plant was a wild plant in India that was indeed brewed by local inhabitants of different regions. The cultivation and brewing of tea in India has a long history of applications in traditional systems of medicine and for consumption.
but was displaced by China as the top tea producer in the 21st century.History of Tea in India India was the top producer of tea for nearly a century. .
History of Tea in Sri Lanka/Ceylon Renowned for its high quality tea. Has a production share of 9% in the international sphere and one of the world's leading exporters with a share of around 19% of global demands. . It is the 3rd biggest teaproducing country globally.
History of Tea in Sri Lanka/ Ceylon Ceylon tea is divided into 3 groups : Upcountry Midcountry Lowcountry Based on geography of the land on which it is grown. .
History of Tea in Sri Lanka/Ceylon The plantations that were started of the British were initially taken over by the government in 1960's. But today. . it has been privatized and are now run by 'plantation companies' which own a few 'estates' or tea plantations each.
. the name Ceylon Tea or Sri Lankan Tea is still regarded as a sign of quality throughout the world. Today.History of Tea in Sri Lanka/ Ceylon Sri Lankan tea carries the Lion Logo on its packages which indicates that the tea is originated in Sri Lanka.
.History of Tea in Japan The earliest known references to green tea in Japan are in a text written by a Buddhist monk in the 19th century. Tea became a drink of the religious classes in Japan when Japanese priests and envoys that were sent to China to learn about its culture brought tea to Japan.
. It became a drink of royal classes when Emperor Saga encouraged the growth of tea plants wherein seeds were imported from China and thus cultivation in Japan began.History of Tea in Japan Ancient records indicates that the first batch of tea seeds were brought by a priest named Saicho then by another named Kukai.
. Production grew and tea became increasingly accessible. The tea ceremony of Japan was introduced from China in the 15th century by Buddhists as a semi-religious social custom. though still a privilege enjoyed mostly by the upper classes.History of Tea in Japan Green tea became a staple among cultured people in Japan.
Soen Nagatani developed Japanese sencha. It is the most popular form of tea in Japan today. literally roasted tea. which is an unfermented form of green tea.History of Tea in Japan In 1738. .
. Records from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) show that tea offerings were made in Buddhist temples to the spirits of revered monks. the founder of the Geumgwan Gaya Kingdom.History of Tea in Korea The first historical record documenting the offering of tea to an ancestral god describes a rite in the year 661 in which a tea offering was made to the spirit of King Suro.
the main sources of revenue in Canton were the duties from salt and tea. Great explorer Marco Polo records disposition of a chinese minister of finance of tea taxes. .Tea Spreads to the World Earliest records of tea shows in accidental writing said to be found in the statement of an Arabian traveller that after the year 879.
Taxiera. Portugal established a trading post in Macao and the word of Chinese drink cha'a spread quickly.Tea Spreads to the World The travellers named Giovanni Batista Ramusio. Almeida. . In 1557. also mentioned tea in their records. but there is no mention of them bringing any samples home. Maffei. L.
. a ship of the Dutch East India Company brought the first green tea leaves to Amsterdam from China Tea was introduced in France by 1636. it enjoyed a brief period of popularity in Paris around 1648.Tea Spreads to the World In the early 17th Century.
Tea Spreads to the World In Russia history of tea can also be traced back in the 17th century. . delaying tea's Russian introduction. Teas was first offered by China as a gift to Czar Michael I in 1618. The Russian ambassador tried the drink. he did not care for it and rejected the offer.
. making it a precious commodity at the time.Tea Spreads to the World 1689. Tea starts to appear in German apothe carries except in coastal areas such as Ostrifriesland. tea was regularly imported from China to Russia via a caravan hundreds of camels traveling the year-long journey.
Tea Spreads to the World In England tea first publicly appeared during the 1650's. . and was introduced through coffee houses. The British introduced to its colonies in America and elsewhere.
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