What’s the most consumed beverage on earth? Coffee? Wine? Beer? It’s tea and its history extends back more than 4-thousand years to ancient China.

The second emperor of China insisted that all drinking water be boiled for health reasons and legend is that while some water he ordered was boiling some tea leaves blew into it and so with it began the history of tea.

It was introduced into Europe in the early 1600’s and brought to the United States by Peter Stuyvesant in 1650.

Tea was a key issue that led to the American Revolutionary War. The Boston Tea Party in 1775 was a protest against high taxes placed on tea by the British.

Iced tea was introduced in at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904.

The teabag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.

For a good cup of tea, experts say to always use fresh cold water brought to a boil. If you let it boil too long, or if you use water that’s boiled twice, it drives off all the oxygen in the water and makes the tea taste flat.

 

SOURCE: didyouknow.org