International Tea Day

I rarely do this – but this is a total guest post.

Since today is Tea Day, and this was sent to me in time to post and I am currently wandering the streets of Paris and not paying the least attention to my own cooking…… I thought I’d share.

I’ll be having dinner at a some cozy French bistro…..

On International Tea Day, Waterlogic bring you a little history, fun facts & three great tea recipes to try. Every year, the International Tea Day is celebrated on December 15 and its principal aim is to create awareness about the challenges facing tea production. It focuses on how global tea trade affects tea production, tea farmers and consumers. The International Tea Day was first observed in 2005 and is celebrated across major tea producing countries including China, India, Kenya, Nepal and Uganda.

Fun Facts About Tea

Tea Consumption around the World

The global tea industry today stands at 39.3 billion U.S dollars. Every morning, 2 billion people across the world have a cup of tea. Turkey is the leading tea consumer in the world followed by Ireland, United Kingdom, Russia and Morocco.

Tea vs Coffee – Which is healthier?

Among benefits coffee has include; reducing the risk of premature death, coffee has antioxidants that assist in reducing inflammation and is great for the digestive system.

Tea has several benefits that include; reducing the vulnerability to heart disease, assists in weight loss, decreasing cholesterol, increasing one’s alertness and improving bone strength.

What is required for the perfect cup of tea?

The secret ingredient is patience.

The perfect way to brew your English breakfast tea is to add 200 ml of boiling water to a mug with your tea bag or leaves, leaving it to brew for at least two minutes.  Once the two minutes are over, remove the tea and add 10 ml of milk. Ensure your cup of tea is at optimal temperature to avoid any scorching and enjoy!

Brew a calming cup at work

  • Stay cool with iced tea

Ingredients

8 cups of water, ¾ cups white sugar, 3 tsp orange pekoe tea bags, ½ lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Heat the water in a kettle or saucepan till boiling. Turn off the heat. add the tea and cover the saucepan for an hour.
  2. Pour the tea into a larger pitcher. Add sugar to the steeped tea. Stir until all the sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice. Refrigerate and serve when chilled.

 

  • Fight inflammation with turmeric tea

Ingredients

1 litre of water, ½ tablespoon turmeric power, 1 tablespoon of freshly sliced ginger, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 garlic clove (peel and crush), a handful of cilantro (chopped), 2 lemons (juiced), 2 tablespoons of honey, 5 peppercorns (whole)

Instructions

  • Pour water on a stove until it boils.
  • Add all ingredients in a teapot.
  • Pour the boiling water into the teapot
  • Let the mixture steep for 15 minutes
  • Strain and enjoy!

 

  • Stay fresh with mint tea

Ingredients

Fresh mint leaves (a handful), 2 cups of water (filtered), 2 tablespoons of honey

Preparation

  1. Roughly tea the leaves apart using your hands and lace them in a strainer placed over a glass bowl or a teapot.
  2. Boil the water and pour it over the mint leaves. Ensure the water is above the strainer.
  • Cover the bowl or teapot and allow the leaves steep for 10 minutes.
  1. Press the leaves gently using a muddler or a wooden spoon to allow them to release oils
  2. Pour into mugs and add honey for flavour.

 

References

Kabithra. (2017) International Tea Day – December 15, 2017. Retrieved from https://happydays-365.com/tea-day/international-tea-day-december-15/

Statista. (2014) Size of the global tea beverage market from 2013 to 2021. Retrieved from

https://www.statista.com/statistics/326384/global-tea-beverage-market-size/

Gaille, B. (2017) 19 Shocking Tea Consumption Statistics. Retrieved from https://brandongaille.com/18-shocking-tea-consumption-statistics/

Lambert, V. (2017) Tea vs coffee – which cuppa should you be drinking? Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/diet/tea-vs-coffee-cuppa-should-drinking/

Petter, O. (2017) How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Tea – Secret Revealed. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/how-to-brew-cup-of-tea-perfect-secret-tip-guide-a7849441.html

Last update on April 25, 2019
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