Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spread of tea in the World

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. There are over 3,000 varieties. He drinks for thousands of years and its consumption has spread to almost every country in the world.

The Spanish word "tea" derives from the Amoy Chinese dialect, which is pronounced "tai". Emerged from the first contacts between Dutch and Chinese merchants of the port of Amoy in Fujian province. The practice of using tea leaves to give a good taste to boiling water, was first used in China around 250 BC According to Chinese legend, was the Emperor Shen Nung and scholar who discovered the beneficial properties of tea. One of his wise norms was the provision that, during his reign, all water intended for human consumption was previously boiled. They say that one day, when Shen Nung was resting next to a wild tea tree, a slight breeze stirred the branches, with such good fortune, some leaves fell in the water was boiling. The resulting infusion seemed delightfully refreshing and restorative and that's how he discovered the tea.

The tea comes in contact with Europeans for the first time in India when the Portuguese come to her in 1497, since in India you use was widespread. The first shipment should you get to Amsterdam around 1610 at the initiative of the East India Company. In France the new drink does not appear until 1635 or 1636. In England, you come through the Netherlands and London coffee it became fashionable to the 1657.

Consumption will only gained notoriety in Europe in the years 1720-1730. Then begins a direct trade between China and Europe. Although only a tiny part of Eastern Europe, Holland and England, the new beverage consumed.

In England I get to all social classes, poor and rich people drank. Even states that replaced the gin. Today, taking you at five in the afternoon is a characteristic of this realm. Although China was taking tea long before now it takes more and more people than any other country in the world.

The popularity of tea grew rapidly throughout the world, to becoming, as previously mentioned, one of the most popular beverage in the world. Today there are many tea shops that sell the majority of the known qualities of tea ... Shop you special. In almost all parts of the world you can drink a good cup of fragrant tea.

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