Tea History Explained
Very many people today take tea as their drink of choice. The big question is where did tea come 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. Here is an explanation of the origin of tea. It explains the history till date.
It was exactly two thousand seven hundred and thirty two years before years before Christ when tea was first discovered. The discoverer was 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. What actually happened is that it was a wild leaf that fell inside his pot of boiling water. The pot had a scent from the brewed drink that moved Emperor Shen Nung to actually take the drink.
The drink made him feel as if it was investigating the whole of his body after he had been taking it. So he went ahead and named it “ch’a” a Chinese term that means to investigate. This lead to him doing more investigation about the tea leaf. He then discovered the health benefits of the tea found within the tea leaves. While still on the research he was motivated by medical properties of some herbs such as cultivated ginseng.
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. At this time there were also tea farms coming up in China as the page shows. This made tea merchants to become very rich and live a very high 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. This even forced then not to take strong spices since it was said it would contaminate the odor of the tea.
Green tea existed until the mid of seventeenth century. As foreign trade grew, Chinese discovered that they could preserve the tea leaves with a special process known as fermentation. This process made the tea leaves to turn to black though 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.