Monday, April 20, 2009

In-TEA-resting!

Check this out pals! Interesting facts about tea...


* Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, playing second fiddle only to water. It is in almost every culture, and there are literally thousands of varieties.

* Tea is often said to be traced back to a Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung who live over 4700 years ago. Although this is likely not true, the earliest record that confirms the cultivation of tea is dated to the 4th century China. Drinking tea leaves steeped in a tea pot did not become popular until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and modern tea drinking is about the same age.

* Tea contains about 50% less caffeine than coffee, making it a great alternative to those that are sensitive to caffeine intake. Tea can also be made to be decaffeinated as most of the caffeine is released in the first few minutes of the steep.

* Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia. Who would believe that tea blocks were used as currency!

* White Tea has a higher anti-oxidant level than green tea, making it superior in it's ability to boost the immune system and heal the body.

* There are four main types of tea which are, white, green, oolong, and black, all which are born from the same species of plant.

* Camellia sinensis is the scientific classification for the tea plant.

* China is the birthplace of tea and gives to us some of the finest varieties of white and green teas. Although China is the origin of tea, surprisingly, it is not the world's largest overall producer of tea.

* Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease.

* An average of three billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

Tastes good, tastes interesting... While tea is traditionally people's favorite, it is nice to know more about it! :)

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