By Laura Martin

Camellia sinensis, generally known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates worldwide. an easy beverage, served both sizzling or iced, tea has interested and pushed us, calmed and awoken us, for good over thousand years.

Tea: The Drink that modified the area tells of the wealthy legends and historical past surrounding the unfold of tea all through Asia and the West, in addition to its upward push to the prestige of necessity in kitchens worldwide. From the tea homes of China's Tang Dynasty (618-907), to fourteenth century tea ceremonies in Korea's Buddhist temples' to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka this present day, this booklet explores and illuminates tea and its elaborate, compelling history.

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Illustrations of tea utensils Farmers and agriculturists interested in learning to cultivate tea found an unlikely hero in Lu Yu, the man who’d gone from monk to clown to scholar to tea master. With an increased demand for tea came a corresponding demand for information about how to grow it. Although tea had been cultivated in the Szechwan district for hundreds of years, by the mid-tenth century, the practice of growing tea had spread through the Yangtze Valley and along the coast as well. With a growing market, farmers planted tea wherever they could find a patch of land, and by this time, tea cultivation was common and widespread.

This legendary civilization, the Chinese believe, was the beginning of a people who were superior to all other beings, able to create a culture of unparalleled strength, wisdom, and longevity. Thus, in the earliest stages of Chinese history, the seeds were planted for conflicts that would prove devastating to Chinese civilization five thousand years later—conflicts instigated by the sale of tea. A civilization that believes it is rooted in the divine and that all other civilizations are inferior invites conflict from competition and sets the stage for war.

In contrast, the most popular and best-known legend about the origin of tea dates to about 3000 bce, during the time of the mythical Chinese emperor Shen Nung, who is said to be the first ever to taste tea. According to Chinese mythology, Shen Nung was third in the sequence of divine monarchs called the Three August Ones, legendary rulers from whom all Chinese are said to have descended. The first of these rulers was Empress Nu Wa (also known as Nu-kya), mother of the Chinese people, who used yellow earth to create human beings in the image of gods.

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