Love a strong cup of tea? You’re not alone. Tea plays an important role in many world cultures, from the centuries-old rituals of Japanese tea ceremonies to the popularity of afternoon tea in London. Here are some "facts" about tea
A person who abstains from alcohol might choose tea as his or her alternative beverage, but the word teetotaler has nothing to do with tea. More likely, the "tee" that begins the word teetotal is a reduplication of the letter "t" that begins total, emphasizing that one has pledged total abstinence.
2. MOST POPULAR BEVERAGE
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world after plain water. The world’s tea market was worth $38.8 billion in 2013.
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3. GREEN AND BLACK TEA ARE MADE FROM THE SAME PLANT.
Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a small tree native to Asia. (Confusingly, this is not the plant used to make tea tree oil.) The difference between green tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, and oolong tea comes from how the leaves are processed. After the leaves are picked, they begin to oxidize—the same chemical reaction that makes your apple, avocado, or banana peel go brown. White tea is the least oxidized tea, followed by green tea and Oolong tea. Black tea undergoes the most oxidization.
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4. THE CHINESE HAVE BEEN DRINKING IT FOR MORE THAN 2000 YEARS
Around 141 BCE, Han Dynasty Emperor Jing Di was buried with a wooden box containing important treasures he would need in the afterlife, including high-quality tea leaves. But his ancestors may have been enjoying tea for even longer than that. Chinese legend holds that the emperor Shen Nong first drank hot water accidentally infused with tea leaves way back in 2737 BCE. Regardless, until around 300 CE, it was considered a medicinal draught rather than a casual beverage.
5. TURKISH PEOPLE CONSUME THE MOST TEA.
Turks consume an average of almost seven pounds of tea per person annually. The Irish, in comparison, the world’s second-biggest tea drinkers, consume less than five pounds per person a year. To keep up with its citizens’ insatiable demand for tea, Turkey grows one-fifth of the world’s supply.
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6. TEA WAS ONCE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS.
Some 17th century thinkers preached that too much tea could cause health problems. In 1706, a French doctor published a treatise called “Wholesome advice against the abuse of hot liquors, particularly of coffee, chocolate, tea, brandy, and strong-waters,” urging moderation in drinking tea on the grounds that it heated up the inside of the body, causing sickness and death.
8. SOME CULTURES ADD BUTTER.