A great deal of legend and myths surround the story of tea's origin. According to one such legend, it is believed that tea was first discovered by Chinese emperor named Shen Nung in 2737 BCE, after a leaf accidentally blew into his bowl of hot water. This led to a change in the water's color and gave it a refreshing and aromatic punch. From then onwards, the emperor wanted to drink nothing but tea. This is how tea came into being.
The first time tea found its place in Chinese manuscripts and documents was 4,700 years ago. Tea was actually originated in China and has now found its place in different regions like India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Africa and others.
which is prepared by steeping the leavesin hot water. Believed to have been discovered in 2737 BCE by a Chinese sage/emperor Shen Nung, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water.
More than 75% of all tea produced in this world is black tea, 20% is green and the rest is accounted for by oolongs, whites, and yellow tea. In addition to these, tisanes or herbal infusions, like the rooibos tea, mate, rose hip tea and chamomile tea, have also become popular across the global tea community. However, it is important to note that these infusions are not tea, as they contain no traces of Camellia sinensis leaves.
Tea is a rich source of xenobiotics, a class of secondary metabolites. These metabolites are present in tea plants for their natural defense, but when consumed as part of the dietary intake, they are metabolized alongside water-soluble compounds. Which is also why it features in conversations on health and wellness.
The world of tea is as vast as it’s deep. It comes with history – wars have been fought because of it – and legacy. It’s a drink many of us turn to at specific times of the day. Our reasons to choose tea are many so, welcome to a journey in tea. Happy sipping!