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Friday, June 14, 2013

All About Tea

Tea is known to mankind for a long time - the first mention of it is about 5000 years old. However, despite the long history and widespread, many of the properties of the drink remain largely unknown. MirSovetov in this article will tell you about the history of tea, its effects on the human body, how to brew and some other details relating to tea.

tea plantation

The history of tea

The homeland of tea is considered to be China, where for the first time began to cultivate tea plants. Chinese tea spread first throughout South-East Asia, and then along the Great Silk Road travelers, and was brought to Europe. Initially, tea was appreciated here is very expensive, as with any overseas goods. But in spite of this drink's popularity grew steadily.Especially fond of tea residents of England, because when wet and cool climate of its use - it's a great way to keep warm. 
in Russian tea was first introduced in 1638 by Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich. However, the wide spread and people's love drink has won only in the XIX century. In Russia at that time, has become a fashion family tea with honey and sweets. 
Over the past 100 years, the world's tea production has increased by 30 times. The largest exporters of it today are India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan.

How to grow tea

Tea bush plantation has a height of 1 - 1.5 m with a width between rows. It should be noted that,
growing tea
under favorable conditions, the growth of the bush is very fast and therefore plantations require constant care not to give the bushes grow too much. Depending on the conditions of cultivation harvest of tea leaves harvested from 1 to 2 times a week for 2 - 4 times a year. The highest quality tea is the first harvest. Then, with each new build of the quality of collected leaves gradually reduced.MirSovetov recommends search for this information on the package - some tea producers still indicate variety and vintage. Among most of the teas produced tea is rare to find a particular species in its pure form, most often a mixture (blend), allowing to make the taste of tea is not so sharp. 
favorable climate for tea - a rarity, since this plant is very capricious: it requires a special temperature , humidity, soil. 
example, attempts to cultivate tea in the Crimea have failed. And most northerly tea plantation is located near the city of Sochi. In Europe, the foreign tea is not grown at all. By the way, knowing this, it is easy to guess that the phrase "English tea" is not the country of origin and the place of packaging. A tea should be presented as specified in opaque sealed packaging. Plastic bags, plastic boxes, and even glass jars are not able to fully preserve all the properties of tea.