Thursday, February 27, 2014

10 Facts About Tea

I'm not a Tea Master, nor do I play one on T.V. However, my aunt, Thresa Griffin, is a Tea Master. She is the owner of Napoleona Tea Company. My sister, Rosalyn, and I have been thinking about furthering our education of Tea. Just so you know, our education consists of going to the local grocery store and buying whichever Tea box looks the fanciest. Our early education is boiling 5-7 family sized teabags in a pot, let it cool down a bit and then add half a pound of sugar and pour into an old pickle jar known as the "tea jug". I consider this the "Basic Southern Style" method.

Okay, so we've established I know nothing about Tea. I still thought it would be fun to list 10 facts I do know.

  1. Tea leaves come from a plant called the Camellia sinensis.
  2. Pekoe is how a leaf is cut.
  3. Herbal teas are not actually considered tea, but are infusions. (I know, I feel the same way, it's a tea.)
  4. Tea (black) is meant to be consumed au natural....no sweetener, lemon, or milk. (Again,......what??? Really, I love a little tea with my sugar and lemon....Jus' sayin')
  5. White teas and herbal teas are not to be steeped in boiling water.
  6. Tea can help cure or a least help with just about every ailment in the book, including alcoholism.
  7. Kenya is currently the world's largest exporter of tea.
  8. Argentina is where the US gets most of its tea.
  9. Catnip can be used as a tea. (MEOW.....I wonder if it has the same effects that it does on my cats..??)
  10. I love tea, and that's a fact, Jack!

Please feel free to comment. Educate me on tea. Share your knowledge.