Tea is a favorite drink for very many people. Have you ever asked yourself about where tea originated from? A good number of people are not sure about the history of tea origin. It is very important to know the origin of tea mostly if you are one that has to take it on a daily basis. The following is the tea history. It explains the history till date.
Tea was first discovered in the year 2732 BC. The discoverer was Emperor Shen Nung of China. It was at this time tea was just like any other leaf in the wild. It was discovered when it fell inside the pot of some boiling water. When Emperor Shen Nung actual took the drink that had been brewed he was very moved by the scent that came from the pot.
Emperor Shen Nung described the brew as a drink that gave him a very warm feeling as if it happened to be investigating all his body parts. So he went ahead and named it “ch’a” a Chinese term that means to investigate. This is what made him to research more and more about the tea leaf. He then learnt that tea had various health benefits. While still on the research he was motivated by medical properties of some herbs such as cultivated ginseng.
Tea popularity in china grew more between the fourth and eighth century. This was due to the fact that it was being used as a refreshment and for pleasure too apart from the health benefits that it had. This made tea plantation come up in many farms in China. 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. The very women working on the tea farms were even forced then not to take strong spices since it was said it would contaminate the odor of the tea.
Up to the mid of the 17th century Chinese tea was green tea. 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. This process made the tea leaves to turn to black though the aroma, taste and value still remained the same. Black tea gotten from fermentation could last much longer than green tea. This is why black tea is even popular to date and is being used all over the world to date.