Who doesn’t love a cuppa to start the day? It warms you up in the winter and is the perfect excuse to go and have a quick catch up with your favourite colleagues. If you love tea, then today is the day to celebrate. It is National Tea Day today (21st April)! This brings us to the age old question, how do you like your tea? One sugar, splash of milk or a Splenda?
At Love Yourself, we thought we would take this as an opportunity to introduce you to tea traditions all around the world so you will never run out of tea options!
Tea originates from China and the legend says that the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung, was sitting underneath a tree and while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree above fell into the water. The tree was a Camellia sinensis and Shen Nung decided to try this accidental creation. Containers for tea have been found in tombs dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220AD)! The most popular type of tea in China is green tea. Offering tea to elders is a sign of respect in Chinese tradition and also may be offered as an apology.
India is the home to masala chai which is a milk tea made with a blend of spices such as cardamom and ginger. Chai is the Hindi word for tea and originates from cha, the Chinese word for tea. Every household or tea connoisseur will have their own special blend of ingredients so no two cups of masala chai will be the same. Indians viewed tea as a herbal medicine rather than a recreational beverage. Some of the health benefits include: reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, aiding digestion and increasing your energy levels.
How do you feel about adding a splash of butter into your tea? The traditional tea of Tibet is called Po Cha and is made by boiling Pemagul black tea for a few hours. After that milk, salt and yak butter are added. This forms a soup-like consistency which the people of Tibet find to incredibly comforting and soothing in the cold climate. It does not taste buttery or creamy.
Morocco is home to Touareg tea, also known as Maghrebi mint tea, which is a a mix of mint, green tea levels and a generous serving of sugar. It is customary to serve this tea three times to guests in Morocco as each serving is a different experience as the flavour starts to change with time. It is also tradition to serve this tea from up high into delicate glasses.
Tiktok has pushed this amazing Taiwanese take on tea into the spotlight! If you haven’t tried bubble tea yet, you are missing out. This is an iced tea made with powdered milk and sugary syrup. But what sets this tea apart from others is the small balls of tapioca. Bubble tea only back dates far as 1988 and was also another accidental creation. Lin Hsui Hui, a product development manager at a teahouse, accidently dropped some tapioca balls from her dessert into some tea!
Are you going to be trying out a new tea tradition? Share your videos and photos with us experimenting with tea over on Instagram! (@loveyourselfhq)
By Pooja Depala