Did you know…
Facts about tea in Australia
- Australians drink approximately 22 MILLION cups of tea per day! That averages approximately 1 cup per person per day.
- Tea grown in the northern parts of Australia has some of the lowest levels of caffeine and tannic acid of any tea in the world.
- Australia now grows Japanese style green tea, considered a high enough quality to sell in Japan.
- Around the time WW2 started, Australians were among the biggest tea drinkers per capita in the world. Very few actually drunk coffee.
Facts about brewing and drinking tea
- The taste of tea can change greatly depending on the temperature and taste of water and the time allowed for brewing.
- Different styles of tea require a different temperature of water.
- Brewing green tea in boiling water will burn the leaves and send it bitter.
- The art of Teh taric, a traditional method of preparing hot milk tea in Malaysia involves enough showmanship as to warrant competitions and performances.
- Did you know that tea can help abate your appetite? Good news for people who are dieting.
Facts about tea varieties
- Worldwide, 3 million tons of tea is produced every year.
- A herbal tea with no Camellia Sinensis (actual tea leaf) is technically not a tea. It’s called a tisane.
- Although there are 1,500 kinds of tea, they are only derived from six major varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves.
- There are many different kinds of tea, but they are all derived from just one plant: Camellia sinensis. The colour and variety of tea (green, black, white, oolong) depends on the way the leaves are treated.
- Rooibos is a nutrient rich and caffeine free herb that is South Africas equivalent to drinking tea.
- One cup of white tea contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of apple juice!
- The original Indian recipes for Chai Marsala (spiced tea) are derived from ancient Ayurvedic medical texts
- Matcha, the green tea powder used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, has the highest caffeine levels of all tea.
- Gaba Tea was created when Japanese scientists discovered that exposing growing tea plants to Nitrogen increased the level of natural and consumable G.A.B.A, in the leaves. Gaba is a major neuro transmitter used by our nervous system.
- Stevia is an excellent natural sugar replacement. One dried leaf (qtr teaspoon of ground leaf is = 1 teaspoon of sugar. It is calorie free and suitable for diabetics.
- The herb Nigella Sativa was touted by the prophet Mohammed to be “ The seed that heals every disease except for death,” Recently it was labeled by a scientific research group as, “One of the most potent natural medicines known to science.
- Honeybush tea is an indigenous herbal tea of South Africa. It has high levels of minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium and contains dietary phyto-estrogens making it useful for managing many hormonal conditions.