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Black tea origins
Where’s it from?
Becoming the favorite drink of the English, it is said from unofficial sources that black tea would have emerged when importing green tea to China. In the 17th century, imports were made by sea and took a long time. For example, historically, green tea placed under the waterline, with heat and sun, was fermented during the voyage to sea to produce black tea.
China remains the largest producer of this tea. However, it is not the only country to produce this variant of tea, as we can also cite India and Kenya which hold a large place in the black tea market. Black teas from Sri Lanka, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan can also be seen on the market. It is not very frequent, but there are also teas from Iran, Argentina and South Africa.
What makes this drink black?
Black tea comes from a plant called Camellia Sinensis which literally means camellia from china in homage to the cradle of this shrub. But it is not the plant in itself that provides this color but the manufacturing process. It’s all about oxidation and fermentation. The leaves are first wilted and then rolled and heated. Black tea leaves are fermented before the final drying process. Its colour, unique flavour and essential benefits come from the fermentation and oxidation of its leaves during processing.
How to consume black tea?
You have the choice to consume it in different ways. The Chinese add sweeteners, spices, chocolate or even rare herbs while brewing the tea. In India, milk and sugar are normally added. Some people also add various ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon, mulethi (liquorice) or tulsi (basil).
What precautions should you take when using?
In the case of heavy consumption, it has an addictive effect due to the presence of theine and can also cause acidity problems in the stomach as well as stains on the teeth. In addition, it is best not to drink tea just after lunch or dinner, as it can cause digestion problems, while at other times of the day it promotes healthy digestion. To enjoy the benefits of black tea, try it up to 4 to 5 cups a day or at least once a day.