International Tea Day

Tea is an aromatic beverage made by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camillia Sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. Other than water, it is the most widely-drunk beverage in the world. Teas can be made by infusing boiling water on any plant. Technically these are tisanes or herbal infusions to prevent confusion with tea made from the tea plant.

International Tea Day has been observed annually since 2005 in tea-producing countries and aims to draw global attention to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade. In 2015, the Indian government proposed expanding the observance of International Tea Day through the United National Food and Agriculture Organization.

The earliest known physical evidence of tea was discovered in 2016 in the mausoleum of Emperor Jing of Han in Xi’an, indicating that tea from the genus Camillia was drunk by Han Dynasty emperors emperors as early as the 2nd century BC.

Turkey drinks the most tea per capita in the world (3.157 kg.)

This image is the work of Lorri Lang and was downloaded from Pixabay.

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One comment

  1. Co-incidentally, Anni and I just received a new teapot this week. It is a very delicate clear glass which I can only describe as “delightful.” I am fairly certain that we will break it before long, but it was only $8, including shipping from China, so I am thinking of it as a consumable treat. 🙂

    There should be a photo of it at

    should you be interested. 🙂


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