The origins of tea
Tea has been used as a beverage for nearly 5,000 years. Legend has it that it was discovered in 2737 BCE by a Chinese Emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. From then on, tea consumption spread throughout the Chinese culture.
It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.
Both green tea and black tea are derived from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, a 1 meter shrub that is shade grown, producing leaves 1-5 cm long. Green tea is considered healthier, as it has lower levels of caffeine and contains compounds called polyphenols, that are known to have high levels of therapeutic activity. By lightly steaming the fresh cut leaf to produce the green tea, the polyphenols remain intact producing higher levels of antioxidants than other types of tea.