Love your tea? Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about tea.

Pull up a chair and grab yourself a cuppa!

In honour of International Tea Day on December 15 and to mark their 25th birthday, Dilmah Tea have come up with five facts you probably never knew about this refreshing drink, our nation’s favourite beverage.

 

1. In 1906 it was claimed in Kakuzo Okakura’s The Book Of Tea that originally “Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage…”

2. This beverage is now widely used in cooking, with tea infused recipes ranging from sweet treats to marinades for meat and even delicious cocktails!

3. The combination of land, sun and rain in the island paradise of Ceylon, as it was known 40 years ago, presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea. Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) brings a new dimension to the drink producing variations in taste, quality, character and appearance. This is what makes the distinct taste and character that’s now become every consumer’s favourite cuppa.

4. Traditional tea is made in the ‘orthodox’ style – a production process that starts with hand picking the leaves and continues through withering, rolling, oxidation and firing – a technique which has been perfected over the years to produce sophisticated and delicious blends.

5. Studies have shown that the antioxidant activity of flavonoids in green and black tea reduces the risk of many degenerative diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer as well as helping to maintain good oral health.

 

What is your favourite way to drink tea? I definitely prefer ice-tea or one of the alcoholic kinds!