Fun Facts about Tea (Part 1 of 3)
As the tea trend continues to sweep the Western World, more and more stories, history, and fun facts about tea also continue to present themselves. I remember a time when putting tea and fun in the same sentence would've been an oxymoron, but nowadays we all understand more about this versatile beverage and that it's more than just an elegant drink for the British.
Let's delve into some fun and interesting facts about tea:
- When we hear the word "flush" we most often think of a toilet; however, when referringloose leaf tea, the word takes on a whole new meaning. "Flush" refers to the harvesting of tea leaves. The first flush is the initial harvest time when tea leaves are hand-picked and quite delicate, making this round of tea some of the finest. The second flush usually occurs a few weeks after the first, and brings about a darker colored tea with a more robust flavor.
- Who is Earl Grey and why is tea named after him? The British Earl, Charles Grey, is said to have shipped tea along with a crate of Bergamont oranges and the tea absorbed the flavoring of the oranges. After the recipient brewed the tea, the flavor was so good that Bergamont became a permanent ingredient and the tea was named Earl Grey.
- Loose black tea, loose green tea, loose oolong tea all derive from the same tea leaves which are hand-picked from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference in flavor comes during the fermenting, or drying process. Green tea is completely unfermented, oolong tea is semi-fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. The longer the fermentation process, the stronger the flavor of the tea will be.
- In ancient China (and still sometimes today), tea was formed into bricks. The bricks
Next time you are sipping tea with a friend (or eating it or paying for groceries with it), share these fun facts. Regardless of your preference of flavor or type of tea, LoveTea.com is sure to have something to please everyone.