Mar. 30, 2011 - Issue #806 : Insidious
Six FACTS about tea
The regal beverage
2) All real tea—that is, non-herbal tea—comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Depending on the level of oxidation and whether the plant was allowed to wilt or not, the tea is classified as white, yellow, green, oolong, puer or black.
3) In the United States, 80 percent of the tea consumed is taken cold, as iced tea.
4) Tea bags were first introduced in 1907 by an American, Thomas Sullivan, but wouldn't fully catch on until 1953 when British tea giant Tetley began selling them.
5) Due to its high value in many Asian countries, tea bricks were used in ancient times as currency. Tea bricks were still being used as currency in Siberia until the Second World War.
6) The price of tea in China is rising, with rare and exotic teas—favoured by the newly affluent middle class—selling for as much as 60 000 yuan ($8919 CAD) per kilogram. vueweekly.com comments: powered by Disqus
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