April 3, 2014

Fun facts about tea

“If you are cold tea will warm you; if you are heated it will cool you; if you are depressed it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you.”

William E. Gladstone

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water.

Ireland consumes the most tea per capita of any other country.

In Iran, a cube of sugar is placed on the tongue before sipping your tea.

In one day, an experienced tea picker can collect around 70 pounds of tea. That’s enough tea to make 14,000 cups.

One pound of loose tea can make about 200 cups.

Caffeine is one of the most significant constituents of tea. Unlike coffee, where the caffeine is absorbed rapidly into the body, the caffeine in tea is absorbed over time.

All tea leaves contain the same amount of caffeine.

Tea helps fight cavities.

Used tea leaves absorb orders in the refrigerator and make excellent fertilizer in the garden.

The tea plant is an evergreen, which can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.

Tea can help abate your appetite.

Thomas Sullivan, of New York, looked for a cheaper way to send his tea samples to clients. Wrapping the tea in gauze “packets” seemed the perfect answer, but his customers didn’t know what to do with the new “packaging.” Instead of removing the tea, they plopped it, gauze and all, into boiling water. Without realizing it, Sullivan had created the tea bag.

Before the Boston Tea Party, Americans drank far more tea than the British and the British drank more coffee. After the Boston Tea Party the Americans reduced their tea consumption as an act of patriotism and the British reduced their coffee consumption in retaliation.

Tea is an all-natural and environmentally sound product from a renewable source. The tea plant is naturally resistant to most insects; oxidation of the tea leaf is a natural process; and many tea packers use recycled paper for packaging.