The Essentials of Çay/ჩაი/çay/шай/choy/чай

Tea is everywhere but did you know ….. ?

»  All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis

»  This tea plant is an evergreen which can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.

»  There are four main types of tea: white, green, oolong, and black. But depending on the influence of culture, these four types can turn into thousands of varieties.

»  In one day, an experienced tea picker can collect around 70 pounds of tea! That’s enough tea to make 14 000 cups!

»  Tea can help regulate cholesterol.

»  Drinking tea is good for the heart.

»  A cup of tea may keep the dentist away because tea helps fight cavities.

»  Drinking tea helps boost the immune system due to its natural antibacterial properties.

»  One cup of white tea contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of apple juice!

»  And finally drinking tea and the associated rituals, ceremonies and traditions are important socially and culturally in most of the places I have been visiting recently …. good job I love a cup of tea!!!!!

»  Turkey was the start of using glasses for tea: drink it black, can add sugar … its made in a double boiler with the water underneath that you use for the tea and then the tea is kept hot on top of the water pot … tea can be made to exact preference by having both to hand!

»  Azerbaijan was more Persian in that sugar is not added to the tea, which is made in teapots for the table, but the drinker places the sugar cube in their mouth and drinks the tea through this … bad news for a sugar addict such as myself!!

»  In Kazakastan I started being given small bowls rather than cups or glasses

»  And in Uzbekistan there was a greater shift from black tea to green tea!

» China … well surprisingly enough China is not the largest consumer of tea .. and they produce great coffee in Yunnan!


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