Did you know that China is the acknowledged homeland of tea (Chá – 茶)? Out of the three major warm beverages; – tea, coffee, hot chocolate – tea is consumed the most in the whole world. There are so many different types of Chinese tea and usually they are classified according to quality, preparation methods, place of production, and so on. If you are looking for the most popular flavors of Chinese tea, we can tell you that white tea, green tea, Oolong tea and black tea are the most well-liked refreshments!
How chá (tea) came into being
The origins of tea go way, way back for more than 4000 years ago. According to legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung. The emperor had a habit of boiling his drinking water before he drank it so it would be clean. One day, a dead leaf from a tea tree in his garden fell into his boiling water which turned the water into a brownish color. The Emperor drank this brew without noticing it, and discovered it to be refreshing and energizing! He immediately gave the order to plant more tea bushes in the gardens of his palace and so… Chá (tea) came to life!
Originally, tea was known for its medicinal qualities. Chinese prefer to drink tea after their meal, because it aids in digestion. In the traditional Chinese culture, drinking tea is not only for enjoyment or thirst quenching. Spending time drinking tea together also helps you to create a bond of friendship and leads to mutual understanding.
Why tea is healthier than water, coffee, or any other drink!
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is even healthier than drinking plenty of water.
There are numerous advantages of drinking tea:
- A feeling of relaxation
- A stimulant for the nerve centre
- Beneficial for weight management
- Aids in digestion
- Rich in various vitamins
- For smokers; it helps to eliminate nicotine out of your system (but don’t take this as an excuse to keep smoking!)
- After drinking too much wine, strong tea can help you sober up
So live a longer and healthier life and drink Chá!