10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT TEA
Russians started drinking tea in the 17th century, but because of its high price, it did not become widely popular until the beginning of the 19th century. Tea in Russia has historically been prepared in a samovar, a heated metal container. The samovar keeps tea hot for hours
According to legend, tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, known as the “Divine Healer.” Purportedly, he discovered the beverage when tea leaves accidentally blew into his pot of boiling water.
It is widely believed that iced tea was invented in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair by Richard Blechynden, a British tea merchant. However, at least one late 19th century cookbook includes a recipe for iced tea.
Over 1.42 million pounds of tea are consumed in the U.S. every day.
Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water.
In the United States, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
It takes around four to 12 years for a tea plant to produce seed. It takes about three years before a new plant is ready to harvest.
There are 6 basic categories of tea: 1) white, 2) yellow, 3) green, 4) oolong, 5) black, 6) and post-fermented
Black tea is called “red tea” in China
The Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong has the world’s most expensive High Tea meal, at a price of $8,888 per couple.