History of Green TeaGreen Tea stretches back into the mists of pre-history. There are many legends about famous people in China boiling water and having tea leaves just "happen" to fall into the pot. Tea became well known for its medicinal properties, and people also simply enjoyed its flavors.
As in most cultures, the religious people were usually the ones involved in healing. Monks in China would grow tea plants and store and care for the leaves. As religion spread, so did the culture of tea. I have many pages on Japan, and the spread of Zen Buddhism from China to Japan also brought tea to Japan. Lisa's Pages on Japan.
During the 1500s, Europeans began to trade with Japan, especially the Portuguese who were trying to bring Christianity into the Japanese culture. While the Portuguese were only semi-successful in their efforts, they did bring tea back with them to Europe. Soon a passion for tea and all things Oriental swept through Europe.
England in particular became amazingly fond of tea, to the point that they now have tea intricately woven into the fabric of their society. When you see movies set in the 1800s, with elegant families pouring tea, it almost seems that tea has been around in England for thousands of years. In fact, tea was a relative newcomer, imported from places very far away.
In modern times there are hundreds of types of tea, grown all around the world, and enjoyed from tip to tip of each continent. It's fun to try a wide variety, and see how they differ!
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