Imagine a day when you are sitting with your hot cup of tea with a best selling novel after a long walk in the early morning. What a bliss!
I can just dream for such a moment. Today I am in a mood to sway you to the world of mysterious herbs – Tea. Let’s talk!
I am not going to share any definition about tea as you know it better that it’s a magical dose to give you the perfect positive energy needed when you really long for it! If you know the right herbs and amount, TEA can help in reducing various toxins from your body and keep your body warm in winter and cool in summer.
Benefits of consuming tea:
- Tea is a great source of antioxidant
- It helps to increase energy and boost the oxygen radical absorbent capacity and immune system in the body,.
- It contains less caffeine and hydrates your body
- It relieves fatigue and tone up skin and muscle of your body
- It lowers the risk of Parkinson, cancer, heart attack, cardiovascular and generative diseases like Alzheimer
- It helps to recover the body from radiation
Real tea is derived from a bush named ‘Camellia Sinesis’ comes in four forms – Green, White, Black, and Oolong. The distinction is in the preparation itself.
Besides the basic tea types, herbal tea is prepared and used for different purposes. Such as Lemongrass, Ginger, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon balm, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Lavender, Milk Thistle, Echinacea, Blackberry, Dandelion, Hawthorn, Red Clover, Cardamom, Rooibos ( a personal favorite), Nettle tea and more.
Tea Tourism: Few places to visit in India and around the world if you are a tea-lover:
- Darjeeling, West Bengal
- Assam, Northeast India
- Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
- Nilgiri Mountain, Tamil Nadu
- Munnar, Kerala
- Kolukkumalai, Kerala
Other than India:
- Zhushan and Fushoushan, Taiwan
- Northern Vietnam
- Cameron Islands, Malaysia
- Kericho, Kenya
- Anhui, Zhejiang and Fujian, China
- Uji, Japan
- Rize, Turkey
- Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Global Tea Culture :
- India: Though the largest tea producer in the world, India doesn’t have any big ritual for tea, but it is a part of daily life for almost all Indians. One of the most famous types of tea here is the ‘chai’ or ‘masala chai’ combining milk, sugar, spices (cardamom, fennel, cloves etc.) with black tea.
- China: They invented the tea leaves and ever since the land is producing various kinds of tea and its preparation. The art of making tea there is called ‘cha dao’. Fun-Fact#In some Chinese tradition one needs to offer an apology not only by saying sorry but also offering tea to the person. Sometimes they pat two fingers on the table and you wonder what they are doing, well they say, thank you to the person who serves tea to them.
- Japan: The tea tradition in Japan is called ‘matcha’ in which the Japanese people serve green tea to few people in their popular tea houses.Fun fact# If you don’t specify the type of tea, you will be served green tea in Japan.
- Thailand: Will you not be tempted to try out ‘Thai Tea’? You are not alone! The strong brewed red tea with anise, food color and spices will make your day special.
- Britain: The ‘classic afternoon tea’ is the well-known type of tea in Britain which the British borrowed from India long back. Fun fact# It is said that they can drink a cup of tea even at bedtime.
- Morocco: The most interesting tea-culture seemed to me is the Moroccan tea. It’s impossible to spend a whole day there and not have a cup of hot tea. ‘Touareg Mint Tea’ is served to the guests three times in three different colorful frosted glasses and meant to drunk all of them. It signifies – Love, Life, and Death.
I think this post will be a pleasure for you if you are a tea lover and if you are NOT then you will be a tea admirer soon. For recipes and important facts wait till I post the next one – Ek Cup Chai Ho Jaye II
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