Love a strong cup of tea? You’re not alone. Tea plays an important role in many world cultures, from the centuries-old rituals of Japanese tea ceremonies to the popularity of afternoon tea in London.
Did You Know???
1. TEA IS REALLY, REALLY POPULAR.
It’s the most popular beverage in the world after plain water.
2. GREEN AND BLACK TEA ARE MADE FROM THE SAME PLANT.
Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a small tree native to Asia.The difference between green tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, and oolong tea comes from how the leaves are processed. After the leaves are picked, they begin to oxidize—the same chemical reaction that makes your apple, avocado, or banana peel go brown. White tea is the least oxidized tea, followed by green tea and Oolong tea. Black tea undergoes the most oxidization.
3. TURKISH PEOPLE CONSUME THE MOST TEA.
Turks consume an average of almost seven pounds of tea per person annually. The Irish, in comparison, the world’s second-biggest tea drinkers, consume less than five pounds per person a year. To keep up with its citizens’ insatiable demand for tea, Turkey grows one-fifth of the world’s supply.