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