Dive into the World of Healthy Hedonism by Amy Mia Goldsmith
As legend has it, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was a famed herbalist. He spent his time researching plants and their medicinal properties, as he believed strongly that one could find a cure for any ailment, if only they were to look at what nature had to offer. One day, when the servants were boiling some water for their emperor (which was taken to aid digestion in the ancient times), a few tea leaves accidentally blew from the tree and fell into the pot. The servants never noticed, and the water was served. The emperor saw the leaves, and just as he was about to ask for a new pot, his curiosity took the better of him. He drank the water, and found the taste to be more appealing than anything else he ever drank. And thus, tea was born, in 2737 BC.
Are you new to tea? Well, we can help you start. There are technically only a few types of tea: black, white, green, oolong, and dark. They are all made from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, and the difference lies in the process of fermentation, where the leaves come from, and which time of the year they were picked. All other teas are called “tisanes,” herbal blends of plants, roots, or seeds with potent taste. However, this term is rarely used, and the easiest thing to do is simply refer to all of them as tea. Want to know more about the history of tea and get some suggestions on which ones to try? Read on. Read more…