So when I first started this blog, it said that today was International Tea Day, but it seems that there are two International Tea Days. The other International Tea Day is in May. So whatever the case, any time is tea time in my eyes.
Tea is my #1 go-to beverage of choice. Matter of fact, it's rare that you'll see me without some sort of tea in my hands. And I'm a lover of all teas; black, green, white, hibiscus, rooibos, hot, cold, etc.
Tea is said to have originated in China around 2700 B.C. where leaves fell into a cup of hot water. Then until around the 3rd century, tea was typically given as a medicinal beverage.
Tea is classified by its leaf size, but most people know the classification by its manufacturing process:
Black teas - fully or almost fully oxidized tea plant
Green teas - unoxidized tea plant
White teas - slightly oxidized tea plant
Oolong and Pouchong teas - partially oxidized tea plant
Rooibos teas - partially oxidized rooibos plant
Herbal teas - dried fruits, flowers, and herbs
Black teas are the most common so it's likely you've tasted black tea. They also contain the most caffeine of all the teas which makes it a great contender for those needing a little jolt of energy in the morning of a pick me up to get through the afternoon slump.
Although black tea should be my favorite because I'm always in need of a caffeine boost, some of my favorite teas are actually hibiscus teas. If you know my personally, it might not be a good huge surprise. I love sweets and hibiscus teas tend to have sweeter and more fruity flavors than the other teas.
The current fad is matcha tea which you can find in many of the fancy coffee places. Matcha spouts to be healthier than green tea because matcha is actually green tea leaf powder so you're actually ingesting the entire leaf. You'll find many people will use sweeteners or milk to dilute the grassy taste of matcha.
Lastly tea has many antioxidants which help protect cells from free radicals in your body. These free radicals, like pollution, cigarette smoke, toxins, radiation, and infections to name a few are linked to disease. The antioxidants in tea help neutralize these free radicals
So what are you waiting for? Sip a cup of tea and help give your body a boost!