The birthplace of the Tea plant, scientific name Camelia Sinensis is said to have been Yunan district in China from where it spread to other places. Yunan accords for itself a special status in history to be the first place where human beings discovered the magical brewing properties of tea leaves and its refreshing experiences. Scientific exploration by botanists have confirmed the Camelia Sinensis to be the variety of tea consumed widely in South East Asia including those that are grown in the hills of Sikkim, Assam & Darjeeling. This variety of the tea plant is singularly home to the hill slopes of Yunan & Sichuan in China & Northern Burma. It can suggested that the seeds for the same had been brought to Indian shores by the British from China for mass cultivation of the “elixir of life” as the Chinese referred to green tea fondly.
It has been popular in China for its medicinal benefits predating thousands of years before green tea became popular in India
Tea was consumed as a beverage in certain parts of India too, quite abundantly, even before the British East India Company started its commercial production in the country. Some tribes of the Kanchenjunga hills claim to have been drinking tea, chia in their vernacular dialect, since the advent of their existence and is an integral part of many of their traditional rituals. However their remains a wide gap in the process of brewing tea, popularly in India & traditionally in China. Whereas Chinese have been traditionally ingrained as a part of their culture to brew tea by boiling the tea leaves and consuming the liquor without adding any other ingredient, India tea is much heavier with milk sugar and many other spices added to the brew. The Chinese variety of tea and the process of extracting the golden green brew and consuming it straight without adding any other ingredients is popularly referred to as Green Tea in India.
With doctors also recommending green tea as a health supplement and often as a replacement for the normal Indian milk tea
Green tea is known to keep cancer at bay and replenish the skin tissues thereby keeping the skin supple. It is no wonder that the Chinese often do not look their age and are still active and fit at old age.
Green tea is known to keep cancer at bay