THE HISTORY OF TEA

The history of tea dates back to ancient China, almost 5,000 years ago. It was initially used as medicine in ancient China, where people chewed on fresh leaves for their refreshing and invigorating effect before, they learned to brew it in water to make a drink out of it. The Chinese started to brew the leaves, then adding other ingredients like ginger and tangerine peel. Then, the Chinese had introduced tea to the rest of the world. Tea plantation and drinking spread across many cultures to become one of the most popular drink in the world. By the 8th century AD, the Chinese were already trading tea to the Middle East and including the Arabian Peninsula. Long ago, customs and traditions in Saudi Arabia stated that on family gathering and formal meets, guests should be offered black tea as a sign of hospitality. Tea is widely consumed for many purposes, such as alleviate tiredness, refresh the spirit, cure depression or boost energy. It’s a drink that is perfect to enjoy alone or with company. What makes tea history so fascinating is not much about who discovered tea but how it has penetrated cultures and continents and assumed new attributes and flavors.