7 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About Tea

June 09, 2018

7 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About Tea

At Allegra & Grace, tea is so much more than simply a refreshing beverage. To us, tea is really more of a way of life! From the history, to the production, to the ritual, we adore all aspects of this beloved beverage and we know that many of our customers feel the same way too.

We’ve put together a list of seven of our favourite facts about tea. You might find some of these quite surprising!

The Discovery

According to legends, tea was first discovered in ancient China when some leaves accidentally blew into boiling water that was intended for Chinese Emperor Shen Nong to drink. The Emperor, an herbalist himself, did not notice the leaves, and on consuming the brew he was so pleased with the taste that the concept of drinking tea was born.

2000 Leaves

Tea requires far more leaves than most people realise – simply because of the fact that the leaves are so small. It can actually take around 2000 leaves to make a pound of finished tea! Tea plants grow in various wild parts of Asia, and while they can also be farmed in other warmer climates, the best quality tea comes from high elevations and is usually picked by hand.

There Is Only One Tea Plant

With so many different variations of tea, you can be forgiven for assuming that there is a whole host of different tea plants. The truth is that there is actually only one! All teas originate from the Camellia Sinensis plant, whether it be black, oolong, green, or white. It is how they are treated once harvested that leads to the differentiation.

Herbal Brews Are Not Technically Tea

One of the more surprising facts on our list is that herbal brews are actually not teas. Yes, you read that right. All of your delicious warm beverages which feature herbs, spices, flowers and roots actually fall under the category of called a ‘tisane’. These tea-style drinks are often categorised together with tea, however they do tend to have some distinct taste differences to their traditional tea counterparts.

Keep An Eye On The Clock

Something that many people don’t realise is that to brew the perfect blend, timing can be crucial. When steeping your tea, it’s important to keep an eye on the clock and ensure to do so for the correct amount of time. The ideal steeping time will depend on what type of tea you are brewing. Steeping for too long or too little could have an unpleasant effect and completely alter the taste of your tea. For more info click here

Store Away Your Tea From Strong Aromas

Are you guilty of storing your tea near the coffee? It’s a mistake that many of us make, however it can actually have a harmful effect on the taste of your tea. In order to preserve the intended taste and retain the teas delicate flavours, it’s important to keep your tea in a dry cool place away from any strong, competing aromas. That means coffee, spices, herbs, and anything else that could compromise the flavour.

The Champagne Of Teas

Did you know that there’s something known as the “champagne of teas”? Genuine Darjeeling tea is grown in a select area of India at the foot of the Himalayas, in a space that is less than seventy square miles in size. This prized tea is highly coveted around the world, and for this reason earns its name as the champagne of teas.

So there you have it! Which of these facts have surprised you? Do you have any other interesting facts to add to our list? Did you know just how much history was behind your favourite tea, whether it be green tea, black tea, herbal tea, white tea or organic tea?

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