The History of Tea
Tea is a favorite drink for a number of people from all over the world. Have you ever asked yourself about where tea originated from? Very many people just take the drink but do not have knowledge of where the tea came from. It is very important to know the origin of tea mostly if you are one that has to take it on a daily basis. The following is the tea history. It talks about how it has grown to date.
It was exactly two thousand seven hundred and thirty two years before years before Christ when tea was first discovered. Emperor Shen Nung of China was the person who discovered tea. It was just but any other leaf that was found in the wild that nobody really paid any kind of attention to. All this happened when the tea leaf fell inside a boiling water pot. When Emperor Shen Nung actual took the drink that had been brewed he was very moved by the scent that came from the pot.
Emperor Shen Nung described the brew as a drink that gave him a very warm feeling as if it happened to be investigating all his body parts. This is where it got its name it “ch’a” a Chinese term that means to investigate. This is what made him to research more and more about the tea leaf. He then discovered the health benefits of the tea found within the tea leaves. This was facilitated by the medical properties of some herbs such as cultivated ginseng while he was still at it.
The popularity of tea grew more and more mostly in between the forth and eighth century in China. This is because it was being used not only for its medicinal value but also as a refreshment and also for just pleasure too. This also led to the introduction of tea farms in China. This made tea merchants to become very rich and live a very high life. It even became a symbol of wealth and status. It became very popular such that it was only women that were allowed to handle tea leaves. This even forced then not to take strong spices since it was said it would contaminate the odor of the tea.
Up to the mid of the 17th century Chinese tea was green tea. This was because they needed to preserve the tea leaves for quite some time for them to last for very long and this was not possible with green tea so they could do fermentation which made them last longer. The process of fermentation made the tea leaves turn black but the aroma, taste and value still remained the same. Black tea gotten from fermentation could last much longer than green tea. This is why black tea is even popular to date and is being used all over the world to date.
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