Just like we have facts about everything, there are some basic things that tea drinkers may not be aware of about tea and these amazing facts will really help people realize the nutrients that a cup of tea carries each time it is taken.
In Taraba State especially Jalingo, I suspect if you ask average tea drinkers what tea is, and why they drink tea, they would not have the first clue. At best, they may point to their tea cup and say “this?”.
Some may even tell you that beverages such as Milo, Bournvita, Nescafé, and Ovaltine etc. are some types of tea.
Taravoices sampled opinions of some people on why they drink tea and came up with the following findings.
“Why do you Drink Tea”?
The above question was asked to some people within Jalingo and outside Taraba state and their responses are compiled below (with permission to publish their names):
- Mr Sylvanus Giwa (SSA to the Governor on Media and Publicity) said that he drinks tea twice daily (morning and evening). In the morning, he takes it for breakfast while at night, he takes tea to ease digestion.
- Bulus Amasandi (Jalingo) said that he takes tea just for breakfast alone and nothing more.
- Belinda Martins (From Kaduna state) said that she loves taking tea for breakfast alone and nothing more.
- Moses Adams (Jalingo) said that even though he likes taking tea in the morning, he does not take it every day because tea usually upsets his stomach.
- Adams Jim Sabo (Jalingo) said that he consumes tea more when the weather is cold. Sometimes twice or more depending on the weather. He said he likes taking tea to warm up during cold weather and also as part of his breakfast.
- Anita Sule said she likes taking tea for vitality and energy and she takes it once daily.
- Mrs Kate Umezulike said that she likes taking tea as breakfast and nothing more.,
So, before we dive further into the world of tea, whether you are seeking its health benefits, or just finding a way to try some new tastes, it can be helpful to actually learn what tea really is.
What is Tea?
Officially, any leaf considered “tea” must come from the plant camellia sinensis. This is the plant from which all “true teas” originate from.
Transformation of Leaves into Tea
The types of teas that originates from this plant and are considered “true teas” include the following;
- Black tea
- White tea
- Green tea
- Oolong tea
It should be noted that the differences among the teas result only from the way the plucked leaves are processed.
Facts About Tea
Green tea has the highest quality when it comes to all round benefits because of the high content of the composite materials it contain.
Also have it in mind that the basic differences between the various types of tea (green, black, white and oolong) is dependent on the degree of processing that the plucked leaves are subjected to.
With that in mind, below is a list of basic facts about tea.
- Camellia sinensis is the single plant where all varieties of tea came from.
- Tea is one of the most popular and lowest cost beverages in the world, next only to water. As a result of its affordability, it is consumed by a wide range of age groups in all levels of society. More than three billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.
- If you don’t want to feel mosquito bites on your skin, dampen tea leaves to harness their scent and voila! You have a natural mosquito repellent at your home.
- On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea and there could be more. So you just don’t say “tea”. You have to be specific which of those 1,500 kinds you are referring to.
- Although there are 1,500 kinds of tea, they are only derived from six major varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves.
- The most popular type of tea is black tea. It makes up about 75% of the world’s tea use.
- Tea drinkers are more heavily concentrated on the South and Northeast part of the United States.
- Tea and herbal teas are different. Teas are usually from the camellia sinensis plant while herbal teas are an infusion of herbs.
- The most expensive tea meal to date can be found in the Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong that goes with a hefty tag price of $8,888 per pair.
- A pound of loose tea leaves can make more than 200 cups of tea.
With these facts listed above, tea drinkers should double up the number of cups they drink everyday.