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7 Fun Facts About Tea!

Updated on November 14, 2013

1. All Varieties Of Tea Come From The Camellia Sinensis Plant

All true tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant (see picture below). The difference between black, green, white or oolong varieties has to do with how the tea leaves are processed and whether or not they undergo any fermentation or oxidation.

Camellia Sinensis Plant
Camellia Sinensis Plant

2. Iced Tea Was First Made Popular in 1904

It was introduced at the St. Louis World's Fair as crowds were eager to find something cold to drink in the hot weather.

3. Asia Produces The Most Tea

The top five tea producing countries in the worlds are 1) China, 2) India, 3) Kenya, 4) Sri Lanka, and 5) Turkey.

4. Tea That Comes In The Form of Tea Bags May Be Healthier

The reason for this is that tea that comes in tea bags is usually ground finer and as a result more of the health promoting antioxidants may be released into the water. For the same reason, caffeine levels also tend to be higher in tea bag forms.

5. Darjeeling is Known as the "Champagne of Teas"

This prize tea is only made from tea leaves grown in a specific and small area of India that is only about 70 square miles.

6. There Are Tea-Food Pairings

Just like some wine lovers enjoy pairing certain wines with certain foods, some tea lovers like to pair certain teas with certain foods. For example, according to one source, darker oolongs may be best paired with duck and grilled meat.

7. You Shouldn't Store Your Tea Near Your Coffee

In order to protect tea's delicate flavors, tea is best stored away from other strong aromas, so don't store it in the spice cabinet either!

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    • Romeos Quill profile image

      Romeos Quill 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Can't beat a lovely cuppa! Teabags are just fine; heard that camomile tea is good for those who suffer from stress and insomnia.

      Did you know that when it used to be transported by sea many moons ago by clipper ship, a notable one being the Cutty Sark, that an ounce of tea was worth about the same as an ounce of silver?

      A concise, and informative Hub article, with some interesting facts you've delved into.

      Thank you, and enjoy a lovely day;

      Kind Regards,

      R.Q.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and interesting information about Tea!

      Nothing like a nice cup of Darjeeling Tea early in the morning! I love it.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

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      Ghaelach 

      4 years ago

      Morning Kara.

      Some very interesting fact about tea, and as a tea fanatic (I'm an English man) I found the information good. But I feel there is something missing. May be editing and letting the readers know when the harvest time is or what the soil is like in each region, or why and what is so special about "Darjeeling. You only have around 300 words. Try and add a bit more info.

      This comment is not a critic against you or this article. It's just a bit short, and I'm sure you can find more info in "Wiki" about the different types of tea.

      Please don't take offence over my comments, as we are all here to help one another. If my comment upsets you then please delete it.

      Take care and have a nice weekend.

      LOL Ghaelach

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