Tea is the number one most popular drink in the world after water. As we love sharing our tea with you, we also love sharing some interesting and fascinating facts about tea.As a tea business, it is a part of our job to keep ourselves up-today with the tea industry but we always find some fun reading an amusing way to enrich our knowledge.

Did you know this? Tea world is a fascinating world. Read on for some fun reading to see it yourself.

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Did you know this about Chamomile

  • Chamomile has affinity with daisies? However, daises do not have any Healing properties
  • Compared with other herbal teas, chamomile is the most known and popular worldwide for its soothing abilities and it is estimated that one million cups are consumed daily.
  • Chamomile is a natural plant of high content of pollen and therefore seeking for the professional opinion on the suggested consumption is recommended.
  • If you have a challenge with diseased plants in your garden, cultivate some chamomile around them and let the nature to act by itself!
  • At the same time that Europeans were discovering the healing properties of chamomile, Chinese were discovering ginger.
  • Chamomile belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from Europe, Asia and North Africa.
  • Chamomile is one of the oldest of all herbs and its use can tracked back since ancient Egypt who discovered healing potentials.
  • Chamomile is the national flower in Russian.
  • Chamomile can be used in the form of tea, mixture, lotion, capsules or oil.
  • Although the therapeutic effects of chamomile are not scientifically proven, in ancient times chamomile was used in treatment of more than 100 disorders.

Did you know this about Lemon Verbena (Louiza)

  • Lemon Verbena is a perennial plant, aromatic, rich in essential oils and its origin is from Argentina and Chile.
  • Well-known brands such as Givenchy and her perfume “Very Irresistible” contains the herb Louisa.
  • The original name of lemon verbena was “centre”. According to some historic references, the name ‘Louiza’ was given to the plan to the honor of Maria-Luisa Teresa de Parma (1751 – 1819), wife of King Carlos the 4th of Spain.
  • In the Victorian period, during the summer, women were putting lemon verbena in their handkerchiefs to refresh themselves.
  • In his book “Agricultural”, Monk Agapios (1580 – 1656) refers to the many therapeutic properties of verbena.
  • Although peak season is summer, lemon verbena is available year-round and can grow up to 5 meters when left unpruned.
  • The primary attraction of lemon verbena is its robust lemony fragrance and its strong fruity flavour making it so famous herbal tea.
  • Back in ancient times, lemon verbena was used as a medicinal herbal and that is one of its popularity reasons. Although not scientifically proven yet, modern research has revealed properties that can be important for human health.

Did you know this about Sideritis (Μountain tea)

  • Sideritis, or alternatively, the famous mountain tea, grows in mountainous and rocky regions at an altitude of 700 meters to 2000 meters.
  • In the Mediterranean region there are over 150 species of sideritis while the 14 of them are being endangered due to the human factor.
  • Sideritis contains has no caffeine despite its tonic properties.
  • According to an ancient Chinese proverb “the best tea is on the tallest mountains” while the greek etymology of the word ‘Sideritis’ means ‘the one who is made of iron’.
  • Beneficial skills due to the large presence of flavonoid glycosides and terpene fainyloaithanoikon than any other herb.
  • Pedanious Dioscourides, the well-known ancient Greek physician and botanist, studied over 500 plants from 6000 found in Greece, which is an 8% and has published five volumes on the properties of each herb. Up today has been studied only 5% of the plant from 600,000 worldwide.
  • Dioskourides’ work on Sideritis was translated in Italy in the 6th century while Arabs translate it in the 9th century and was used as a base together with the writings of Hippocrates.

Did you know this about Sage

  • Sage is a perennial evergreen bush which belongs to the Salvia family and it mainly grows in sunny areas in rocky soils.
  • The latin name of sage, Salvia, comes from the verb “salvere” which means “health.”
  • The small apple in the flowers of sage is not fruit but it caused by being bitten from a wasp. Some chip off these small apples and eat them. They are juicy, delicious, with very beautiful aroma while they have plenty nutrients.
  • One of the best known species of sage, the S. Fruticosa, known as Greek sage, grows mainly in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries where it is endemic plant.
  • In ancient times Greeks and Italians were considering sage as very useful herb due to its plenty therapeutic properties while Arabs were considering it as herb of immortality.
  • In the Middle Ages, Chinese were exchanging three times the quantity of the best quality tea with a small amount of sage.
  • In France and China, sage is called Greek tea or Greek sprout.
  • In the old days the use of sage in Europe was mainly pharmaceutical and cooking while the Latins were using sage as a sacred plant.
  • Although not scientifically proven yet, resent researches say that the sage as herbal tea can benefit memory significantly.
  • The sage plant is insect repellent. Place a pot of sage on your balcony to keep flies, mosquitoes and other annoying insects away.
  • For more taste in cooking, try the sage with vodka sauce!

Did you know this about Linden

  • Linden is a tree that reaches the height of 30m rather a low herb. It blossoms in early summer and the flowers are very fragrant.
  • When the bees detect the flower of linden, they work tirelessly and have more production in honey.
  • Linden is one of the few herbs that are rarely used in cooking but only as a beverage, mostly as a tea.
  • It is believed that in the 18th-19th century linden was used as a “secret” ingredient in the production of chocolate imitation as at those times chocolate was very expensive.
  • Linden tea is very popular in France and it’s consumed as a daily beverage. It has a sweet taste, which makes it a very favorite herb.
  • Αs valuable is the use of the flowers and the leaves of linden so valuable is the use of its wood, which is expensive and one of the many uses is the construction of musical instruments.
  • The oil from the linden leaves is used to give shine to dry and sensitive hair.

Did you know this about Spearmint

  • In many cultures, mint symbolized hospitality and was offered as a sign of welcome and friendship to guests.
  • Ancient Romans and Greeks used mint to flavor cordials and fruit compotes also for baths and perfumes.
  • Mint has been found in Egyptian tombs from as far back as 1000 BC!
  • History records that’s spearmint was one of the plants brought from England to the Americas by the Pilgrim Fathers. Now days U.S.A. produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint and spearmint.
  • Before refrigeration invented, crushed spearmint was added to milk to keep it from curdling.
  • The menthol contained in the leaves tricks the tongue into feeling like it came into contact with something cold.
  • Americans popularized the practice of adding mint to iced tea to increase the refreshment of a cold drink.

Ceylon Tea

The story of Ceylon tea begins over two hundred years ago, when the country was still a British colony. In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. Further experimental planting of tea had begun in 1839 with tea plants brought from Assam and Calcutta through the East India Company.

Commercial cultivation of tea commenced in Sri Lanka by the Scotsman, James Taylor. He arrived Sri Lanka in 1852 and settled down in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. Taylor visited India in 1866 to learn the basics of growing tea on plantations. Following his return, he started a 19 acre tea plantation in Loolecondera estate in 1867. Soon enough plantations surrounding Loolecondera such as Hope, Rookwood and Mooloya began transforming into tea plantations and were amongst the first tea estates established on the island. Taylor started a fully equipped tea factory in Loolecondera estate in 1872. In 1875 Taylor managed to send the first shipment of Ceylon tea to London tea auction.

As Ceylon tea gained in popularity throughout the world, a need arose to mediate and monitor the sales of tea. The first public Colombo Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. on 30 July, 1883, under the auspices of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

By 1965 Sri Lanka became the world’s largest tea exporter for the first time. In 1963 the production and exports of Instant Teas was introduced and in 1966 the first International Tea Convention was held to commemorate 100 years of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. In the early 1970s, the government of Sri Lanka nationalized the tea estates owned by the British companies. In 1976 the Sri Lanka Tea Board was founded as was other bodies such as the Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB), Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation (SLSPC) and the Tea Small Holding Development Authority (TSHDA) to overlook the government acquired estates. It was in 1976 that the exports of tea bags also commenced.

A product that began as a diversification experiment in 1867 spanning just 19 acres of land in Kandy has expanded its cultivation today to six principal regions within the country. The tea exports has surpassed all geographical borders to satisfy 19% of global demand. It is a great equalizer, demanding attention from the counter of the smallest eatery to the most exclusive tea-bars in the world.