1. Tea is good for you. Among other things, it contains “polyphenols”—antioxidants that repair cells and in doing so, may help our bodies fight help us fend off cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus and other maladies.
2. It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make just one pound of finished tea.
3. Some tea grows in the United States. There is an island tea plantation off the coast of South Carolina and also in Hawaii.
4. You are less likely to get a “caffeine crash” when you drink tea (as opposed to soda or coffee). Why? The high levels of antioxidants in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, which results in a gentler increase caffeine in your system and a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.
5. Do you store your tea near your coffee or in your spice cabinet? Don’t. Store your tea away from “strong, competing aromas” so that you keep the tea’s own delicate flavors intact.
6. Americans tasted their first “iced tea” at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
7. Some tea lovers ponder ideal food-and-tea pairings, just as wine lovers pair food and wine.
8. To steep the perfect cup of tea, timing is crucial. And ideal steeping times vary depending on what variety of tea you’re making. For black tea, steeping time is 3-5 minutes.
9. People were using ceramic teapots 11,000 ago in Asia and the Middle East.Tea didn’t reach most Europeans until the late 16th century.
10. Genuine “Darjeeling” tea is grown in an area of India at the foot of the Himalayas that’s less than 70 square miles large. For this reason, Darjeeling is highly prized and known as the “Champagne of teas.”