You drink tea daily. Know how it sipped its way into your mornings! Tea is the beverage that nation drinks. There are many interesting anecdotes behind its origin. Let’s explore a few of them one by one.
The first legend dates back ton 750 BC. The North-eastern region and Nilgiri hills of India are the major areas that grow tea. As it is documented, we began consuming tea since then. Although with the passage of time, the way of consumption altered largely. And now India is the largest tea producer in the world. Buddhist monks have been drinking tea for thousands of years.
A popular legend tells that the culture of drinking tea was started by a Buddhist Monk around 2000 years ago. It so happened that this monk who later founded Zen Buddhism was on a journey of having seven sleepless years. He contemplated the life and teachings of Buddha during this phase. But in the fifth year, he was just about to sleep. But in order to distract himself, he plugged some leaves from the nearby plant and chewed them. These leaves energized him and vanished his sleep. Since then, whenever he felt sleepy, he would chew these leaves. Thus, he was able to accomplish the penance of seven years.
Similarly, when British colonized India, we got more familiarized with the tea usage. In Darjeeling, people started mixing wild tea leaves in hot water. And, they enjoyed drinking this mixture. In fact in the 16th century, we used to make an herbal drink that boiled tea leaves, garlic, and oil in water. The first commercial tea production was established by Britishers in the 19th century in Assam.
So, isn’t that interesting that how a healthy and anti-oxidant in nature like tea became part of our lifestyle.