Welcome to “7 Interesting Facts About Tea That You May Not Know”. Almost everyone knows something about tea, but before we launch into our “Tea Travels” blog series about specific tea types, regions and brewing methods, we wanted to spark your interest a little bit with these quick facts about tea. Facts About Tea: She-TeaInteresting Facts About Tea No. 1: Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, second only to water. Interesting Facts About Tea No. 2: Black tea, green tea, oolong tea, puer tea and white tea all come from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis. (This is a picture of us in Sri Lanka plucking tea leaves to get ready for processing…we were not very good at it and extremely slow compared to the Sri Lankan Pluckers). Sri Lanka specialises in black tea production. Interesting Facts About Tea No. 3: The different tea types are only created due to different processing methods. For example, black tea is highly oxidised / fermented white tea is only minimally processed. Taste and appearance differ greatly depending on each processing method. Interesting Facts About Tea No. 4: Herbal infusions are not teas at all, they are correctly called “tisanes”. Interesting Facts About Tea No. 5: Tea Tasting is very much like wine tasting. When tasting the teas we are looking for specific characteristics in the flavours, the mouth feel, the tannins, the nose…and yes, we are supposed to spit it out once tasted, but we think that’s a waste of great tea (and wine for that matter). She-Tea: Tea Tastings in Sri Lanka Interesting Facts About Tea No. 6: The less processed the tea leaf, the greater antioxidants. This means that green tea has more antioxidants than black tea, and white tea (the least processed of the teas) has the most antioxidants of all! Interesting Facts About Tea No. 7: Black tea production involves withering, rolling, fermenting and then firing the leaves which helps to preserve the tea for long periods of time. This process was originally used to prevent tea from rotting in containers when sent from China to the rest of the world. Britain, America and much of the rest of the world are accustomed to black tea for this reason, while the Chinese still prefer the less processed green tea.   We hope that these little facts helped spark your imagination, and of course, if you know any other interesting tea facts please feel free to share them! To view She-Tea’s Range of teas and tisanes please VISIT HERE. This is a picture we took of The Golden Valley in Sri Lanka – seemingly endless tea fields – sublime.     Facts About Tea: She-Tea