25 surprising facts about tea

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August 22, 2018, 10:12 | Culture

Tea is a drink without which you cannot imagine a single day.

25 amazing facts about tea

Tea is a drink without which it is impossible to imagine a single day: it is drunk for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between meals. But what do we know about this simple and so amazing human invention? Here are just some interesting facts, informs Ukr.Media.

1. The East has been drinking tea for more than 5 thousand years. And the West – only a little more than 400.

2. Until the 1800s, tea cubes were used as money in Siberia.

3. Tea bags appeared in the USA in 1904. Some tourists consider it the worst invention in the world!

4. Ireland drinks the most tea in the world, and Britain is only in second place.

5. Tea is the national drink of Iran and Afghanistan.

6. There are more than 1,500 types of tea.

7. China produces the most tea, followed by India.

8. Another invention of the USA is iced tea, although there is a version that it was invented by a British tea seller at the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904.

9. It is cold tea that is used most actively in the USA – 85% versus 15% for hot tea.

10. After water, tea is the most consumed drink on Earth.

11. In China, black tea is called red.

12. The most expensive tea party in the world is offered by the Ritz Carlton hotel. in Hong Kong. Tea for two there costs almost 9 thousand dollars.

13. Black tea makes up about 75% of all consumed in the world.

14. In China, during the tea ceremony, it is customary to thank the hosts for their hospitality by tapping their fingers on the table.

15. After the Boston Tea Party, tea lost its popularity in America, where the majority of the population still prefers coffee.

16. Tea was not always popular in Great Britain. Although the drink was brought to the country for the first time in 1657, it began to be consumed only in the second half of the 18th century.

17. For a long time, tea was smuggled into England and sold in closed cafes where only men were allowed.

18. “Lipton” – the world's most popular brand of tea.

19. In the USA, the tea producer is South Carolina – the only state with a tea plantation.

20. It is believed that the tannic acid in black tea can help remove warts.

21. Tea tannins help stop bleeding and prevent the development of inflammation.

22. The tea trade accelerated the development of East-West interaction.

23. We can be grateful to tea for the creation of high-speed transport ships.

24. Legend has it that tea was invented in 2737 BC when the second emperor of China, Shen Ning, accidentally dropped tea leaves into boiling water.

25. Most of the tea in the world is grown in mountainous tropical regions.

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