Tea is a favorite drink for a number of people from all over the world. Have you ever asked yourself about where tea originated from? A good number of people just take it but they do not have an idea of where it came from. If tea happens to be your favorite drink then here is the history of how it cam e to existence. The following is an explanation of the origin of tea. It explains the history till date.
Tea was first discovered in the year 2732 BC. It was discovered by Emperor Shen Nung of China. It was just but any other leaf that was found in the wild that nobody really paid any kind of attention to. It was discovered when it fell inside the pot of some boiling water. He was actually moved by the scent that came from the pot which made him to go ahead and drink the brew.
The drink made him feel as if it was investigating the whole of his body after he had been taking it. This led him to name it “ch’a” a Chinese term that means to investigate. This lead to him doing more investigation about the tea leaf. He then discovered that tea leaves had a number of medical benefits. This was made possible by medical properties of some herbs such as cultivated ginseng while he was still doing the research.
The tea gained popularity between the 4th all the way to the 8th century in China. This is because it was being used not only for its medicinal value but also as a refreshment and also for just pleasure too. This also led to the introduction of tea farms in China. This in turn made tea merchants to become very reach and live a very wealth life. It was even regarded as a symbol of wealth and status in China. The popularity even lead to only women being to handle the tea leaves. These women working on the tea leaves were forced then not to take strong spices since it was said it would contaminate the odor of the tea as the website states.
Green tea existed until the mid of seventeenth century. This was because they needed to preserve the tea leaves for quite some time for them to last for very long and this was not possible with green tea so they could do fermentation which made them last longer. The process of fermentation made the tea leaves turn black but the aroma, taste and value still remained the same. Black tea leaves were able to stay for a very much longer time without going bad. This is how black tea came to existence and it is very popular to date including in China.