From our organic red tea, organic green tea and the summer favorite, Black Ice— there is plenty in the Organo Gold product family for those who consider themselves tea connoisseurs. Here are ten reasons why we are such big fans of this ancient, soothing and delicious beverage.
1. It is believed that tea was accidentally discovered in China, in 2737 BC, by Emperor Shen Nung, when a few leaves from a nearby Camellia Sinensis plant fell into his pot of boiling water.
2. The aroma, flavor and color are determined by the processing methods each tea goes through, such as picking; withering; rolling; oxidation and drying.
3. There are main four types of tea, all of which come from the aforementioned tea plant Camellia Sinensis — green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea.
4. It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make just one pound of finished tea. Tea plants grow wild in many parts of Asia, but tea can also be farmed.
5. The very best tea comes from high elevations and is hand-picked.
6. Some tea grows in North America States — here is an island tea plantation off the coast of South Carolina, and tea bushes can also be seen in the lush green hills and mountains of Hawaii.
7. It is believed that people are less likely to get a “caffeine crash” from drinking tea, as opposed to soda or coffee. This is because the high levels of antioxidants in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, which results in a gentler increase caffeine in your system and a longer period of alertness with no crash.
8. Never store your tea near the spice rack. Tea experts say that we should store tea away from “strong, competing aromas” so that the tea’s own delicate flavors remain intact.
9. People were using ceramic teapots 11,000 ago in Asia and the Middle East. Tea didn’t reach Europe until the late 16th century.
10. Genuine Darjeeling tea is grown in an area of India at the foot of the Himalayas that’s less than 70 square miles in area. For this reason, Darjeeling is highly prized and is often dubbed “the Champagne of teas.”