International Tea Day

December 15 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 theworld. Teas can be made by infusing boiling water on any plant. Technically these are tisanes or herbal infusionsto prevent confusion with tea made from the tea plant.

International Tea Day has been observed annually on December 15 since 2005 in tea-producing countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Uganda, India,and Tanzania. International Tea Day aims to draw global attention tothe impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and hasbeen linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.

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

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

In 2015, the Indian government proposed expanding the observance of International Tea Day through the United National Food and Agriculture Organization.

This image is the work of Lorri Lang and was downloaded from Pixabay onDecember 15, 2017

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