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A little bit of History:
Leaves of the Camellia sinesis plant are harvested for tea: green tea leaves are lightly steamed, while black tea is oxidised before the leaves are dried. The legendary Chinese Emperor Shen Nong discovered the beverage when a few leaves of the tea tree fell into a pot of boiling water.
Believed by the ancients to be an 'elixir of life', scientific reseach now supports this claim. Tea (both green and black) is high in plant=derived antioxidants, polyphenols, which help protect against heart disease and cancer, as well as fighting free radical cell damage
- The latest incarnation of tea leaves is white tea, believe to be even more beneficial than green tea
- Spice up your cuppa the Indian way, adding cardamon, pepper, cinnamon with milk and honey
- Enjoy a medicinal flu-fighting beverage by adding a slice of ginger to your morning brew
- Drink iced-green tea this summer in tall ice filled tumbler glasses with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint