By Tamara Gasparyan
Photos by Lusi Sargsyan
15-12-2016
People drink over 2,000,000 cups of tea in one second
Every December 15th, different countries celebrate International Tea Day in order to draw the public’s attention to this helpful drink.

True, it is still not an official holiday, but it is very common in many countries, especially Asian countries. Armenia has also been celebrating the holiday over the past couple of years, organizing various exhibits, master classes and seminars, advertising events and other interesting events devoted to tea and the correct use.

Many of us drink tea every day, especially in the morning, but not everyone has enough information about that helpful drink. Eritasard.am has set aside several interesting facts about the internationally popular drink.

1. According to a hypothesis, tea was discovered as a drink in 2737 B.C. in China where Emperor Shen Nung accidentally threw tea leaves into boiling water.

2. People in the East have been enjoying tea for over 5,000 years, while people in the West have been drinking tea for over 400 years. In fact, tea trade has helped accelerate the development of the interaction between the East and the West.

3. Both green and black teas are produced with the leaves of a tea bush. It’s just that the ways of making it are different. Green tea is initially processed with 170-180 °C vapor, after which acidification continues for not more than two days. Later, the tea is heated (sometimes it isn’t heated). The tea is acidified by 3-12%. Let us mention that green tea contains 50% more Vitamin C than black tea. In China, black tea is referred to as red tea.

4. Tea is the most common drink in the world after water. It is mainly grown in China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan and Taiwan. The Irish drink tea the most, and tea is considered a national drink in Iran and Afghanistan.

5. Interestingly, in the past, people didn’t know that tea is a drink. When tea was starting to become common in Europe, people would make salads with tea leaves, and some tea lovers would pour salt instead of sugar.

6. Tea is both helpful and medicinal. It reduces the level of cholesterol, has an anti-aging effect, has a positive impact on the cardio-vascular system, is an anti-depressant, and according to studies, some substances in tea help prevent the spread of cancer.

7. Ice tea has also become widely common in many countries around the world. In the United States, 85% of people drink ice tea, and only 15% drink hot tea.

8. In 1904, a New York supplier by the name of Thomas Sullivan realized that it was expensive to deliver tea in metal containers and started selling tea in paper packets. One time, one of his clients carelessly threw the packet in the water and felt that the tea didn’t taste bad. Many tea lovers think tea lost its quality after the discovery of packets.

9. Tea can ingest many scents. It is advised to wash your hands with tea to get rid of the smell of food on your hands. This can even help you get rid of the smell of fish.

10. People drink over 2,000,000 cups of tea in one second.

11. The world’s most expensive tea is the Dahunpao, which is one of the Oolong teas and means “big red robe” in Chinese. It is produced with the leaves of six different types of tea. One kilogram of tea costs $685,000.