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Tea time

January/February 2018 California Bountiful magazine

You can learn these surprising facts about tea in less time than it takes to brew a cup:

  1. According to legend, tea was discovered by accident in 2737 BCE by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung when leaves from a wild tea plant fell into his pot of boiling water.
  2. Much of the world's tea is grown in mountainous areas 3,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level.
  3. The tea plant is naturally resistant to most insects.
  4. Black, green, oolong, dark and white teas all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The differences among the five types result from the method of processing.
  5. The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, following Russia and Pakistan.
  6. About four out of five Americans drink tea.
  7. About 85 percent of tea consumed in America is iced.
  8. Prepared at home, tea costs about 3 cents per serving.
  9. Tea contains flavonoids, naturally occurring compounds that are believed to have antioxidant properties beneficial to health.
  10. Studies have linked tea consumption to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as some types of cancer.

Source: Tea Association of the USA

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