You love tea, but how much do you know about tea production? Did you know that the earliest records of tea date all the way back the 10th Century? Most people believe that tea was first produced and cultivated in China, but actually it could have either been China, Burma, or Tibet. No one really knows the exact origin. The Chinese people made the consumption of tea popular, and began trading tea, as well as the tea plant to Western nations in the 19th century, and tea gained its popularity all over the world. Continue reading
Afternoon tea was commonly known as a mid-to-afternoon snack that is eaten typically between 2 pm and 5 pm. Though this custom was most common in The United Kingdom, other places have also been known to nickname their mealtimes “tea,” such as Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. They refer to dinner as “tea.” Who knew that tea could take on the meaning of an entire meal?
The whole idea of having meals in between meals, and referring to it as “afternoon tea,” began in the 1800’s in England. For the upper class, the English ate lunch in the middle of the day, and dinner around 8 pm or later. Therefore, a meal in between lunch and dinner was usually desired, and it included tea (which is a very common beverage in England), so hence the title “afternoon tea.” The lower classes ate what they called dinner around 11 am and a small supper at 7 pm. They too had an afternoon tea in between the meals. Continue reading
You must store tea properly to keep it fresh and flavorful. You may be guilty of leaving your tea in a canister that does not have an air-tight lid, or leaving your tea bags in a box near your stove, or even setting it on a kitchen window sill for decoration or to make use of extra storage space. You have probably done these things, and thought nothing of it. But did you know if you don’t store tea in the precise way, it will lose its freshness and even its flavor?
Tea is surprisingly very delicate and if you don’t follow the proper rules when you store tea, you wont get the right flavor from it. So, here are some rules of thumb to make sure that you don’t let your tea go bad. Continue reading
The newest craze is tea for kids! Whether or not, you have kids that just absolutely love tea (how cute are children’s tea parties with matching tea sets and the over-the-top costumes!), or you just want your kids to sip on a beverage that gives them more nutrients than soda pop or sugary juices, tea is a great choice for children.
When it comes to tea for kids, experts recommend teas that do not contain caffeine. Also, children tend to prefer flavored teas, so herbal teas with flavorful infusions are a great choice because your kids will get all the flavor without getting the caffeine jitters or getting hyped up. Also, children tend to prefer tea made at a cooler temperature. Iced tea is a great way to go. However, if you do want to serve your children hot tea (maybe with breakfast early in the morning in the wintertime, when you cannot even reason serving anything cold) let the tea cool to a lukewarm temperature before serving it. Continue reading
Ginger in tea will alleviate the pains of an upset stomach. We all know having an upset tummy is no fun, and when the sharp pains are tearing you up inside, you run out to the drug store to buy every product made for your agony, from the bright pink stuff you can barely keep down to the intense foamy dissolving disks that make water taste really funny. You have tried it all. Well have you tried sipping on a comforting ginger tea? Continue reading
Have you heard about the benefits of chamomile tea? If you suffer from restlessness at night, and toss and turn for hours, or come home from work stressed out because you endured a demanding day, you may want to reap the rewards of chamomile tea, and finally unwind.
You are probably well aware that if you aren’t getting at least six hours of sleep per night, it can cause havoc in your life. You don’t think as clearly throughout the day, can’t make rational decisions or think quickly on your feet. Your body aches and you have black circles under your eyes. You just don’t feel like you. If you have trouble sleeping or calming down at the end of your day, you need to know about the benefits of chamomile tea and start getting the rest you deserve. Continue reading
When you think about green tea, you should realize that the way you brew the tea impacts the taste and quality of the tea. You can’t just carelessly boil your water, throw in some tea bags, and not give the brewing process another thought. You have to consider the temperature of the water. If the water is too hot, the green tea will taste bitter lose its proper aroma. If the water is too cool, the proper flavor from the leaves will not be extracted and you won’t reap the benefits of tasting the tea at its finest quality. Continue reading
When it comes to herbal teas and other types of tea, the list of varieties seems endless with so many choices. How can you be sure which types of tea you will like and which ones offer the health benefits that you need? Here is the lowdown on what tea has to offer and how it can help you. Continue reading