Tea - Around the World
Tea has been popular for thousands of years, and each country has their own tradition regarding tea. In this article, we will talk about the features of traditional tea in 5 world countries.
Traditionally, the Japanese drink green tea without sugar. They can drink it any time of the day. Japanese green tea has a darker color and is almost devoid of flavor. Europeans tend to prefer strong black tea, so Japanese tea may seem bland and pale to them. The main aspect of the Japanese tea ceremony is to enjoy the delicate flavor of tea.
In China, tea has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Over this time, the Chinese have brought out numerous varieties of tea. Flower tea - a very popular tea with the flavor of fresh flowers. Oolong - a traditional Chinese tea with an aroma of green tea and the flavor of red tea. White tea - a very expensive tea; it uses only the youngest leaves and buds. China also has green, yellow, black, and red tea. Tea accessories are very important here. For example, the Chinese advise to brew each type of tea in its own pot.
The classic ceremony of British Afternoon Tea has remained almost the same over the centuries. Traditional teas served at afternoon tea ceremonies include: strong Assam tea from northern India, aromatic Ceylon tea, black Kenyan tea, and elite Darjeeling from the first or second flush. In addition to these, there is always a choice of green, white, herbal, and red tea, and at least one brand of decaffeinated black tea. Tea is often served with finger sandwiches, scones, cream, jams, honey, fruit, crumpets, and fresh pastries (fruit cake, Victoria sponge, chocolate cake, ginger bread, and finger biscuits).
Tea is the favorite beverage in Turkey. Turks drink tea at any time of the day. Tea houses are one of the most popular public places in Turkey. Drinking tea is also an important part of business meetings. Turks drink black tea grown on the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
Moroccans drink tea between meals to cool off and after meals to help digestion. Tea is served in beautiful tin kettles. Tea is poured in a special way they pot is raised high above the glass, and tea is poured with a thin spout. When hitting the cup, tea produces foam, which is a sign that it was brewed properly.
Tea drinking has become a Russian tradition since the times of the tsar Alexei Romanov (17th century). Since then, tea has taken a prominent place in the everyday life of villagers, townspeople, and aristocrats. Tea was served in salons, clubs, bazaars and fairs. It was served with jam, candy, sweets, biscuits, and pastries. In ancient Russia, traditional tea was brewed in a samovar. This tradition is still alive in the Russian villages.
Strawberry and Cream as a desert is a very famous English tradition. Legend has it that Cardinal Wolsey was the first person to serve the two together, at his palace, Hampton Court. Since then Strawberry and Cream has been held as a traditional English desert and has been associated with many famous British events such as Wimbledon. The garden strawberry is a common plant of the genus Fragaria which is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry. The fruit is widely appreciated, mainly for its characteristic aroma but also for its bright red color, and it is consumed in large quantities either fresh, or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milk shake, and now as a fruit tea from Charbrew.
Fruit teas are becoming increasingly popular as alternatives to traditional teas. The high appeal of caffeine free tea as an alternative is becoming more and more popular. Dehydration is a major drawback of caffeine consumption and fruit teas as a low calorie hydrating alternative to a normal cup of tea which not only hydrates the body but caters to all tastes. Fruit teas are very popular throughout mainland Europe and Russia, the growth of fruit tea is starting to spread to other parts of the world including America and the UK.