The tale of tea pioneered in China with the emperor and an eminent herbalist Shen Nung. Emperor Nung, was boiling some water to drink, meanwhile the leaves from a close by tea shrub blew into his flagon. He then savoured the evolving brew, fathering the ‘Tea’ beverage. Journeying from China to Europe ages ago, the silk caravans escorted the most intrinsic segment of any Indian’s everyday life i.e ‘Tea’, to India. Tea, traditionally known as ‘Chai’ was precisely presented to the Indians by the British. The British intention was to supplant the China’s monopoly on tea and therefore, it was discovered that the Indian soil remarkably fitted the cultivation of these plants. The India Tea industry started deepening its roots in the early 1840s. The Chinary Tea Plants were initially evaluated in Assam followed by the looming mountains of Darjeeling and Kangra, and here they significantly grew much healthily.
Since then, India has become one of the largest producers of tea in the world. The Indian tea industry has been flourishing ever since. Assam solely footholds as good as 43, 293 tea gardens with the Nilgiris clasping 62, 213 and Darjeeling with 85 gardens. The drinking of tea has expanded and evolved in many ways, with many chai variations in the country. One can always see a humble ‘chaiwalla’ with his small little ‘chai ki tapri’ at the corner of every Indian street selling hundreds of steaming cups and on the other hand are the gourmet parlours brewing the fine Indian tea.
Indians share a distinctive relation with tea. ‘Chai before a Hi’, is every Indians morning custom. Masala tea with a butter toast is what every traditional family relishes in their breakfast. The chief way of welcoming the guests is offering them tea. Brewing tea can be very versatile. There are never ending flavours and variations of tea. From the regular milk tea, to masala chai, to ginger tea and green tea, the catalogue proceeds. It is the best pain reliever for the head-ache, and the perfect solution to release stress and exhaustion. Tea contains 90% of water that helps in keeping oneself hydrated. It is rich in anti-oxidants and biotin that strengthens and improves the immune system. Tea also serves as an anti-depressant and also brushes up the concentration and the focus.
There are certain types of tea’s that are usually relished by the Indian households
Black tea is more powerful and strong than most of the teas. It is found in Assam, Darjeeling, Kangra, and the Nilgiris. It smells clean and mellow. The energetic flavours embrace a mention of earthy delights, spice, malt and pepper. There are different kinds of black teas that can be tried. Black tea serves as a great beverage that promotes the heart health and even wrestles with cancer.
Chai is the classical Indian tea composing of water, milk and tea brewed with spices and sweetener. It carries the sweet and the spicy aroma. It has its own nutritive qualities and beginning the day with a steaming cup of chai reflects one’s Indianess wherever he or she goes.
The index begins with the green tea when the herbal teas with health benefits are talked about. The legume like and the vegetal smelling teas are of different types like Sencha, the Japanese Tea, Matcha etc. They are minimally oxidised, are delicious and healthy. Green teas are usually made in Assam, Darjeeling, Kangra and the Nilgiris.
As the name suggests, ice teas are served in an ice filled tall glass. These are the best summer suiting teas that can be relished to refresh oneself in the scorching summers.
The mature tea leaves that are moderately oxidised are used to make the Oolong tea. The Oolong tea is hand made in Darjeeling and the Nilgiris. It has the aroma of the mellow flowers, smells earthy and is loaded with gentle flavours. Such qualities make the tea delightful.
The white tea is non-processed and is naturally oxidised. The aromatized and the rare tea scents flowery and fruity. It is usually made in Darjeeling and the Nilgiris.
As its least processed out of all the teas, it’s very rich in antioxidants, and has innumerable health benefits.