Let's Talk Tea

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Plantation in Nansatsu Plateau Image used with Wikipedia Commons LIcense
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Taiwanese Tea Image used from wikipedia commons. This is a tea plantation in Taiwan
Taiwanese Tea Image used from wikipedia commons. This is a tea plantation in Taiwan | Source
Temi Tea Garden located in the state of Sikkim, India
Temi Tea Garden located in the state of Sikkim, India | Source
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Green tea growing in Luochun, China image from wikipedia commons. | Source

History of Tea

Emperor Shen of China is credited in Chinese legend datng back to 3727 B.C. for discovering the benefits of drinking tea. According to the legend a few tea leaves accidentally fell into a pot of boiling water. The Emperor decided to taste it and discovered the delights of a cup of tea.

Indian lore speaks of an Indian monk named Bodhidharma who fasted for seven days. At the end of his fast being weak he chewed on tea leaves and was revived immediately.. In spite of the legend no historical references to tea drinking in India exist before the nineenth century.


Types of Tea

Tea drinking became fashionable back in the mists of time in China and the Far East. As adventurers began exploring the reaches of known civilization they brought back stories of wonderful marvels, and an exotic drink made from the leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen shrub that may grow up to 60 feet in the wild. Although this plant grows to giant proportions in the wild, cultivated plants are kept to three feet. There are over three thousand varieties of tea that have their own distinct characteristics.

You will discover that the naming and growing of tea has a number of similarities to the naming and growing of wine. For instance, Bordeaux wine is named after the Bordeaux region in France, so Assam is named after the Assam region in India where it is grown. Keemun is named after the Keemun region of China. As is so important in making; wine, where the tea is grown, climate, soil conditions, and how the tea is processed, determines the flavor characteristics.

Although there are thousands of types of teas in the world they can be broken down into four main types: black, green, oolong and white.

Green tea is currently prized for its healthful properties. Green tea was first exported in 1611 by the Dutch East India Company who established a factory on Hirado Island in Japan. Green tea is not oxidized, simply withered and dried. It has a delicate taste and pale green color.


Twinings

Twinings

Twinings recently celebrated 300 years of business serving the tea drinking world. It was Twinings in 1705 who introduced tea drinking to the English. This took place on The Strand in London where Thomas Twinings introduced this exotic new drink on his premises. Tea drinking quickly became all the rage. Earl Grey was the drink of choice for Charles II, and famous eighteenth century author Jane Austin who wrote Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and my personal favorite, Persuasion.

My favorite Twinings brew is Lady Grey. It is a light citrusy tea that consists of black tea scented with oil of bergamot, lemon peel and orange peel.

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Tea Etiquette

Top Tea Producers in the World

  1. China
  2. India
  3. Kenya
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Turkey
  6. Viet Nam
  7. Indonesia
  8. Japan
  9. Argentina
  10. Iran

There are 107 tea producing countries. Bangladesh is one of the largest producers. Tea is grown in the United States in Washington, South Carolina and some small growers in Hawaii.

More About Tea

Today tea is drunk around the world and is sold by the bag in many of the coffee shops along with many herbal blends that are not strictly classified as tea but at times are lumped together with actual tea by name.

Peppermint tea is given to new mothers after childbirth to reduce gas pains while chamomile is long known to relax and assist sleep and is used for sore stomach and irritable bowel syndrome.

Tazo makes an herbal infusion called Wild Sweet Orange that beguiles the senses. When you add hot water to the tea bag the fragrance of the sweet oranges floats up and is almost better than drinking the blend. Add a touch of sweetener and nothing else! Divine!

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Comments 19 comments

Joyelle 3 years ago

I actually found this more enientatnirg than James Joyce.


Mary Kincade 3 years ago

Read it again !! Enjoyed it !


Mary Kincade 4 years ago

Great Hub ,very informative enjoyed reading !!


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wmseo 5 years ago from Canada

nice hub! i'm very big tea drinker!


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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

pretty cool


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Tea has a wonderful history and I am planning to do more writing on the topic. I am glad you enjoyed it!


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heymcs 6 years ago from Utah and DC

I love tea even more after reading your hub. Tea seems so much more interesting and diverse than coffee which was my hot beverage of choice for years. I realize now I've only begun to scratch the surface. I look forward to more tea exploration. Nice hub!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, I am glad I could help you. I did not know that coffee was acidic. I have never been a real coffee drinker but it is good to know.


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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

Hello again, that was very useful information for me at this time. I have always been more of a coffee drinker, but have been starting to switch to tea, and really didn't know anything about it until now. My Dr. has told me I must quit the coffee because it is so acidic, which agitates my ulcer. I was told tea is much healthier; and I must add, that I am really starting to enjoy it, the more I drink. Thanks again for the information. I think I shall go have a cup right now! I will also search for some that you have suggested, and give it a try.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, UlrikeGrace! I like to try a variety but I always come back to Lady Grey and Wild Sweet Orange. Tazo's Organic Chai, Spiced Black Tea is awesome in the autumn. It tastes like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie! Awesome!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Very good, I love tea. It is my drink of choice when dealing with ailments of any kind including the heart. If my soul is down, I have a cupa tea...it just does something for you. My favorite is Twinings English Breakfast Tea. But I also love the soothing blend of sleepy time tea as well. Thanks for the great hub.

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Pamela, thanks for your nice words. I keep several varieties of teas in my house, too. You never know what you may feel like!!!

Yocoleman, I have had Irish Breakfast tea but never thought about adding honey...I am still learning. You are welcome!


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yocoleman 6 years ago from Ohio

Irish Breakfast tea with honey & cream! mmmm...delicious

Thank you for sending me off to the kitchen for a cuppa. : )


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Smireles, I like your hub. I love tea and keep several varieties around the house. I had never seen a field like you have in that first picture. It is really pretty. Good hub!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Ann, for your kind words!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I am not a hot tea drinker although it seems everyone in my family is. But I have recently discovered I like Starbucks shaken pasiion fruit iced tea! M'm M'm!

Thanks for another great hub, smireles and good job in your presentation!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Tom,

I have no idea if tea tastes better if loose. I have loose tea and tea bags, but I cannot tell the difference. I do not drink hot tea all the time because I live in Texas and have become accustomed to cold drinks with ice. It is hard for me to drink hot drinks but I do occasionally.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Smireles,

Great hub and photos. I never saw tea grown as hedges. I had no idea how it was grown. I've heard it tastes better if brewed without bags. Some folks say they can taste the paper. I don't know if that is true as I always used tea bags.


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dragonbear 6 years ago from Essex UK

Great hub! Even more of a tea fan now; it's great to explore different types of tea and encounter new flavours.

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