As it gets a bit wintery here I reach for a cuppa and I am reminded that one of the wonderful things about having tea is that there is always time for a par-tea! I’m not a tea aficionado but love the stuff because it is a no fuss drink all you have to do is boil a kettle, pop that bag in a cup and the brew is ready plus you can have it with whatever you fancy, lemon, with or without milk.
It is the most consumed drink after water in the whole wide world. Tea in itself is the leaves of a plant called the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia, and includes only four varieties: Green, Black, White and Oolong. Here are a few reasons why I think people love it so much.
Tea has been around for thousands of years through time, with a long complex history spread through many cultures and nations going back as far as the early third century.
The oxidants in tea are hydrating and wake you up. It refreshes you when you wake up in the morning and are getting ready for the day gives you a much required boost.
Brings people together of different cultures and backgrounds. No matter where you go everyone understands the word tea, in fact most social gatherings have a flavour for everyone to enjoy with many different blends and variations.
There is no particular season to have it. Hot, cold, windy, rainy, doesn’t matter a cup of tea is always very welcome. Very good for your gut and you can have it every single day at any time.
Technically the different flavours of tea are an infusion of a different plant but to me as long as it can be brewed it qualifies. Jasmine, Chamomile, Macha, Japanese Green Tea, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Bubble Tea, Iced Tea and the list goes on.
Cheers to this classic beverage that cheers us up everyday, please do share your favorites and let me know what you think.