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A Short History Of The Beginning Of Tea Farming

By Connor Sullivan

Because of the plethora of recent studies that have been released concerning green tea health benefits, more and more people want to know about the history of this healthy tea. Many Americans want to know what makes this drink good for the body and how it was actually brought to the United States consumer. These are things that consumers who are very aware of the things they buy would want to know. It is important to know where products come from and how they came to be the products they are today in order to fully understand the positive aspects that this beverage can have on the body.

The first tea leaves were thought to have originated in Southeast Asia, especially parts of Southern China and parts of India, to name just two. People in these regions would pick the leaves, then place a few of them in boiling hot water to allow the flavors to be released. It was also used for medicinal purposes since the people of China believed the leaves had special healing powers. They also believed this beverage would be of assistance to the brain function. In these early times, the leaves were also really good items with which to bargain. Once countries in Europe began colonizing and trading with these tealeaf cultivators, this beverage quickly spread around the world.

This beverage was brought to Western Europe in a lot of different phases. Most notably, though, was when the cultivation of the leaves and the actual drink were sent to the British Empire via the former British colony known today as India. By the time it came to Britain the people of India had added many different spices for flavor so the leaves from the British colony of India had a much different taste than the leaves from China.

As it became more and more popular in Britain, this beverage became a part of British everyday activities. By 1750, this hot beverage was thought of as the national drink of England. The people of the British Empire were some of the first in recorded history to start the use some kind of sweetner, like sugar, to the drink. During the 1800s, the Duchess of Bedford began having a few individuals she knew over in the late afternoon to enjoy this beverage with some light sandwiches, scones, and fruit hours before dinner was to be served.

This drink came to North America when the British colonists left England to begin their new life. The beverage played a key factor in American history when it was dumped into the Boston Harbor by colonists who were angry over the taxation of the drink without representation. For Americans, this beverage did not take off in terms of popularity as it did in England and the rest of the United Kingdom. In fact, for hundreds of years, Americans have been known to usually select coffee; however, that is changing as studies are constantly proving that tea leaves might be better for the body. The history of this beverage is very fascinating because buying and selling the product has helped many nations and empires become very powerful. In fact, some would argue that countries like China and England would not be such influential nations they are today without the industry that came from cultivating tea leaves.

Connor Sullivan and his wife have been reading about the green tea health benefits. He and his wife have been buying healthy tea in an effort to improve their health.

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Sullivan, Connor "A Short History Of The Beginning Of Tea Farming." A Short History Of The Beginning Of Tea Farming. 12 Jul. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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