Legend has it that tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong, who was boiling water for drinking one day in 2737BC when a tea leaf happened to fall into his pot. By the time of the Shang dynasty (1766-1050BC) tea was being consumed in Yunan for it's medicinal properties.
Tea spread to Japan around 1191 when a Zen priest brought tea bushes to Japan and planted them in Kyushu. It was not until the seventeenth century that tea was introduced to Europe by the Dutch. Only green tea had been consumed until this time but it was found to spoil easily on the long trip tin damp ships to Europe. The Chinese realized that if the tea were darkened, fired and bake dried it would survive the trip without spoiling. Thus black tea was introduced to the western world!
Did you know?
• Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water.
• The best tea is produced on mountainsides between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer.
• The top tea producing countries are:
Sri Lanka 7%
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