Hi, and happy Friday! Friday’s – before this April Blogging Challenge started, used to be reserved for gratitude on this blog. So I am going to take advantage of this sentiment, and say that I am grateful for you reading my series, and for being a part of this larger blogging community! Thank you
I have compiled a list of interesting facts about tea for your today. 22 Facts to be exact. I wonder how many of those you know. Let me know which of these surprised you the most:
- In Russia tea was traditionally prepared in a samovar, which is a heated metal container that keeps it warm for hours.
- Ireland is the first nation of tea drinkers per capita, Britain is the second.
- A tea plant needs at least 50 inches of rain each year
- It takes 12 years for a tea plant to be able to produce seeds
- If not harvested, a tea plant can grow up to 52 feet tall
- Over half of the tea brewed in the US is made from tea bags – about 65 %.
- Black tea contains tannic acid, which can remove warts
- In order to appear that they are drinking whiskey, Actors usually get watered down black tea, which looks very similar.
- The first book about tea comes from China, and was written in 780, and is called The Classic of Tea.
- Black, Green, Oolong, Dark and White teas come from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis.
- High tea originated with the working class British, who would return home at 6pm for dinner that always included strong tea
- According to Chinese Legend, the servants of Emperor Shen Nong where purifying water by boiling it, when leaves from the tea bush fell into the water. It was at that time considered as a tonic and health drink.
- The most expensive tea in the world is fertilized by Panda waste. It is grown in Ya’An, China, and cost about 200 dollars a cup of tea.
- Chinese call black tea “red tea”.
- The best-selling tea brand in the world is Lipton.
- Tea bags were invented in the US by accident, when customers placed sample silk bags into water, instead of emptying their contents, as it was intended.
- Tea only contains about half as much caffeine as coffee
- The only places were tea are grown in the US are a small island off the Coast of South Carolina, and also Hawaii
- Celestial Seasonings adds soy lecithin to your tea products, which is not good for those who are allergic to this unnecessary ingredient.
- In Russia, India and many other places, Chai means tea, so don’t order chai tea there, they will look at you funny. Instead order Masala Chai.
- Pickled tea is a delicately in Burma.
- Dampened tea leaves make a great mosquito repellant.
Enjoyed reading these facts? Some are rather strange, aren’t they? Now let’s get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary, with the letter G
Geese: Geese always warn of unexpected visitors or unrest. Consider yourself warned
Giraffe: Watch what you are saying your words can have a unexpected and negative effect on situations, if you are using them carelessly.
Goat: the new adventure you are about to embark on, has some risk. Not a good sign for someone who is in the Navy or works on water
Grapes: this symbol showcases a time of enjoyment and leisure, time to enjoy the success you have earned
Guitars: a sign that there is a potential attraction in play. Maybe it is time for an exciting new relationship or a new deeper passionate phase in the current one.
Gun: A sudden change that is not for the better. Be aware, and take a close look at all of the other symbols that show up during this reading.
I hope to see you again tomorrow!
Have a wonderful day!
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