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What’s in Tea?

Nowadays it often seems as if everything we eat or drink is bad for us in some way.  So it comes as a relief to learn that one popular beverage, affordable and loved by billions of people around the world, is entirely beneficial and may in fact have preventive and curative health properties when consumed regularly. The beverage, of course, is tea.

Tea, though it has almost no calories, contains a surprising quantity of nutrients and medicinal ingredients.In addition to these nutrients, tea-drinking promotes dental health because of the fluoride it contains.

Ceylon Tea

1414761121_leaf   Ceylon teas are divided into high, medium, and low grown categories

1414761121_leaf   Sri Lanka’s finest teas are produced mainly from bushes that grow above 4,000 feet. The bushes grow more slowly in the cooler, mistier climate, and are harder to harvest because of the steep angle of the slopes on which they are planted

1414761121_leaf   There are six main tea-producing areas. Galle, to the south of the island; Ratnapura, east of the capital Colombo; Kandy, the low region near the ancient royal capital; Nuwara Eliya, the highest altitude; Dimbula, west of the central mountains; and Uva, located east of Dimbula.

1414761121_leaf   The teas produced in each region have their own individual characteristics of flavor, aroma, and color.

1414761121_leaf   Tea is processed from the tender shoots of the plant Camellia sinensis, typically the first two leaves of the tea plant.

1414761121_leaf   Herbal teas are usually made from plants other than tea and will have different tastes and other health benefits

Did you know that as many as 375 to 425 cups of tea could be prepared from a kilogram of tea?

There are very important rules to observe in regard to storage of tea.

1414761121_leaf  Always store tea in a clean, dry airtight container free of foreign odorous.
1414761121_leaf  Remember to use a dry spoon, always, and to close the container tightly after use to retain aroma and flavor.
1414761121_leaf  Do not store tea along with other pungent grocery items such as oils, soaps, dried fish and spices.
1414761121_leaf  Always take out the small quantity of balance tea in a container before replenishing stocks.
1414761121_leaf  Place this small quantity on top of the fresh stock so it will be used up first. Otherwise the remaining tea at the bottom will become stale and flat and could affect fresh stocks introduced.

A good cup of tea and the pleasure you derive from it depends entirely on the method of brewing.

Use freshly drawn water which should be brought to boil as much as possible. DO NOT USE previously boiled water that has been continuously boiled.

Rinse the teapot first with hot water to help retain the heat of boiling water used for brewing. Bring the tea pot to the kettle as soon as the water commences boiling vigorously. Hold the spout of the kettle close to the mouth of the pot to minimize loss of heat.
Allow the tea to infuse for 4 to 5 minutes. Strain the tea out into cups thereafter. Use a “Tea cosy” to keep the pot warm should there be a delay in serving.

Always use refined sugar as raw sugar gives a distinctly different flavor to the tea.

Fresh cow’s milk for a good cup of tea. Besides it is easily stored under refrigeration in any quantity.