Teas Online delivers quality Ceylon tea at your doorstep. The origin of tea is an interesting study. A basic search on the history of tea will direct you to long page of information. The main part that stands out is that it all started in China. As with most things that originate in Asia, tea was used for its medicinal qualities. The first written text about tea dates back to the 3rd century AD. It was only in the 16th century that this beverage was introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China. Only then did it begin its trek to the rest of the world.
Most people associate tea with the British because of their observance of tea times and tea parties. Tea only arrived to the British in the 17th century and was introduced into their culture then. The idea behind introducing it was not necessarily based on the business conversations had over a brewed pot of tea or the giggling and gossiping of young ladies in waiting. In fact the introduction of tea to Britain was a business strategy for a market; initially introduced for its medicinal properties and then as a beverage for the elite (due to the cost). It quickly became the national drink. Unlike how the rest of Asia enjoyed it, milk and sugar were added to the brew.
Through colonisation by Britain, tea was introduced to Australia. As with all other British colonies, tea is a part of the Australian culture to the point of having morning and afternoon tea.
Legend of Tea
As with most things that originate in Asia, there is a legend of the inception of tea. A legendary Emperor of China named Shennong, had the credentials of being the inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine. He sent out a decree that all his subjects were to boil their water before drinking it. One day, Shennong was sitting enjoying a bowl of boiled water; when a gust of wind blew a few leaves from a nearby tree into his bowl of water and changed the colour. The Emperor decided to sip the liquid and was surprised at the pleasant taste of the liquid and he immediately felt the restorative properties. From then on China was introduced to tea.
As always with these legends there is a variation that is a bit more extreme. The variation of this legend is that Shennong tested different herbs on himself and when he was poisoned he found that the tea leaf/herb worked as an antidote.
As interesting as the second version is, here at teas-online we prefer the first legend. An accidental but pleasant tasting brew. Why not have your own accidental experience, try a cuppa of something different.