What is Tea? Where is it Coming From? How is Tea Made?

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Tea — the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water — is a product of steeping the leaves or twigs of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis in hot water. The resulting brew has a slightly bitter, astringent flavor, with natural sweet notes.

Enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people in all corners of the earth, tea originated in China as a medicinal drink where it was discovered by Portuguese merchants and clergy in the 16th century. During  the 17th century tea became popular in Britain, which in turn introduced it in its colonies, India being one of them.

All types of tea — green, black, white, or oolong — come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. If left untouched this evergreen will become a small tree, reaching as high as 52 feet. However, most often it is kept short.

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Keeping the bushes well-pruned to waist level encourages young shoots to emerge, enhances quality and also makes the fresh flushing buds and leaves easier to pluck off by field workers, who are mostly women.

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A tea bush will grow a new flush every seven to fifteen days during the growing season. Harvesting tealeaves usually happens three to four times during the growing season.

The way the leaves are processed determines the various type of tea, giving each its unique characteristics. A great assortment of some excellent teas can be found here.

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» Zoe Terano said: { May 31, 2014 - 05:05:15 }

I’d like to ad that the tea plant is named in honor of the Reverend Georg Kamel who was also known as Camellus. He was a jesuit botanist. Sinensis in Latin SIMPLY means “from China”.

» angelica said: { Sep 7, 2014 - 08:09:52 }

Touche. Great post. Keep up the amazing spirit.