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Interesting and comprehensive facts about Tea

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

Facts about Tea
Facts about Tea

Who doesn’t love tea? This delicious and aromatic beverage has been enjoyed by people around the world for centuries. Here are some fun facts about tea that you may not know:

  • Tea originated in China over 5,000 years ago. Legend has it that the Chinese Emperor Shennong discovered tea when a leaf from a wild tea tree fell into his cup of hot water.

  • Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water.

  • There are four main types of tea – white, green, oolong, and black – which are all made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The type of tea is determined by how the leaves are processed.

  • Tea is rich in antioxidants, which are believed to have many health benefits.

  • Tea is traditionally brewed using loose leaves, but tea bags were first introduced in the early 1900s.

  • The UK is one of the biggest consumers of tea in the world, with over 165 million cups consumed every day!

  • Tea can be made from different parts of the Camellia sinensis plant, not just the leaves. The buds, stems, and even the flowers can be used to make a variety of teas.

  • There are over 3,000 varieties of tea available in the world.

  • Tea is not just for drinking – it can also be used in cooking. Tea leaves can be used to flavour meats and vegetables, or added to baked goods for a unique twist.

  • The world's most expensive tea is called pu-erh, and it can sell for over $1,000 per pound. This rare tea is made from the leaves of an ancient tree that only grows in Yunnan province, China.

  • Tea has been shown to have many benefits for mental health, including reducing stress and improving cognitive function.

Facts about tea in the UK

  • Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, after water.

  • Around 165 million cups of tea are drunk in the UK every day. That’s more than 60 billion cups of tea per year!

  • The average Brit drinks around 2.1 cups of tea per day.

  • There are around 1,500 different types of tea available on the market.

  • The UK is the fourth largest importer of tea in the world, after Pakistan, US and Russia.

  • The first tea plantation in the UK was established in Cornwall in 1796.

  • The London Tea Auction was the oldest and largest tea auction in the world. It’s been held since 1769 and ended in 1998.

  • Tea drinking became popular in the UK during the 18th century. At first, it was only consumed by the wealthy, but by the end of the century, it had become commonplace among all social classes.

  • Afternoon tea was introduced to Britain in 1840 by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford.

  • During World War II, tea was one of the few items that wasn’t rationed. As a result, it became a vital source of comfort for many people during wartime.

  • The British love their tea so much that they even have a saying about it: “There’s always time for tea.”

  • In the UK, tea is often served with milk and sugar. This tradition dates back to the early days of tea drinking in Britain, when milk was added to tea to make it more palatable.

  • The British are so fond of tea that they even have their own national holiday dedicated to it: National Tea Day, which is celebrated on April 21st.

So there you have it: few facts about tea. Now it’s time to put the kettle on and enjoy a nice cup of tea!


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