The Popularity and Origin of Tea

   Not only is tea as a beverage considered healthy, but it has been fused in with loads of powerful benefits that have been scoring pretty well for the human body.

Tea today is regarded as on of the healthiest of beverages and one of the most fascinating drinks which most people definitely cannot live without. But before digging into the benefits of tea it’s also important to excavate a bit and find out a bit of history and origin of this marvelous drink.

Well, the origin of tea hails back from China, as it was initially discovered in a Chinese province, and since then, its thirst and flavor of several kinds, has reached the hearts of people of possibly every country in this planet. Not only is this beverage healthy but has been fused in with loads of powerful benefits that have been scoring pretty well for the human body.

As per one of the legends, it has been stated that it was around 2737 BC that tea was discovered by the Chinese Emperor and since then people have been enjoying this powerful cup of tea due to its innumerable medicinal attributes. During the era of the powerful Western Zhou Dynasty tea was also regarded scared and was offered during religious ceremonies and rituals. Then later during 202 BC to 220 AD during the time of the Han Dynasty, only the noble class was provided with tea as it had become limited and regarded as a royal beverage. Later with the encroachment of the Tang Dynasty, more tea plants were planted and it gradually spread amongst the middle and lower class people and tea could be enjoyed by possibly everyone in the country.

In fact, there were several Japanese priests who had come down to China and they had adopted the habit of drinking tea. This is how tea got popular in Japan and in Japan tea also is linked to Zen Buddhism because the priests generally sip tea, throughout the ritual hours, to concentrate and stay alert. Also during the ancient times, a kind of Tea ceremony was also held in Japan and during this ceremony; tea was shared al over in a holy and sacred manner. During that time, the Japanese emperor had a huge affinity towards tea, and he imported tea seeds from regions of China so that it could be planted and grown in Japan also. This was also tea would be less expensive and could be generated and distributed to the Japanese common man easily.

It was during the 17th century that tea finally arrived in the land of England, when the king that time, was married to Catherine of Braganza who was originally a Portuguese princess. The Portuguese Queen Catherine, made tea a royal beverage and hence tea henceforth was regularly imported to England through the East India Company. Soon one of the norms of the aristocratic community was throwing Tea Parties and afternoon Tea Parties and this is how tea gradually became a royal drink. Even though at usual intervals, tea was imported to England, the tea taxes gradually started to soar high and smugglers started selling tea at high profits. It was due to this that the East India Company started to export tea to America and the rates were kept high; it was during this era that the event of Boston Tea Party took place.

Until the era of Ming Dynasty of China, only green tea was grown and consumed in China. But with the coming of the Ming Dynasty, more exploration in the genre of tea took place and the method of oxidation was introduced. With the oxidation process taking place, the Chinese people realized that the scene of tea production will change completely and will bring in more profit than they could ever imagine.

Also with this one major problem was resolved. One major problem during that era regarding green tea was that, green tea could not travel for long as it lost its texture. Now with the newly found oxidation process, this problem was found to come to an end as the tea could get oxidized and later baked. This way the tea leaf also could highly retain its texture and fine quality for longer periods without causing any damage.

This is how black tea was introduced and was also suitable for being transported to far away place such as Mongolia and Tibet and other far away lands. In several regions beyond Asia, this kind of Black tea today also is considered as being very much popular.

 

 

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