10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT TEA
South Carolina is the only state that has a major tea plantation. It produces the brand American Classic, which has been the official White House tea since 1987.
The tannic acid in black tea is said to help remove warts
Green tea is full of antioxidants which, when added to water, can help boost the health of plants
In Morocco, it is the man’s job to pour the tea. He holds the long spouted pot high above the glass while pouring so that each glass of tea has a slightly frothy head to it.
If actors are required to drink whisky in a film or TV scene, they often are just drinking watered-down tea instead, which looks the same as whisky.
Though the Eastern world has been using tea for more than 4,500, tea was introduced to the West only 400 years ago.
The song “I’m a Little Teapot, Short and Stout” was written in 1939 by Tin Pan Ally songwriters Clarence Kelley and George Harry Sanders.
Tea sets in the 18th century typically had numbered spoons to help the host remember which guest needed a refill.
At one time in the late 18th century, tea in Britain was predominantly imported through illegal methods. Smugglers would often mix tea (most often green tea) with other types of leaves and additives to increase their profits. Often these additives were poisonous. The British government intervened in 1785 and lowered taxes, which made tea more affordable and wiped out illegal smuggling activity.
All tea is made from the leaf of the plant Camellia sinensis. The specific types of tea are made by processing the tea leaves differently.