By Laura Martin
Camellia sinensis, generally known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates world wide. an easy beverage, served both scorching or iced, tea has involved and pushed us, calmed and awoken us, for good over thousand years.
Tea: The Drink that modified the realm tells of the wealthy legends and heritage surrounding the unfold of tea all through Asia and the West, in addition to its upward push to the prestige of necessity in kitchens worldwide. From the tea homes of China's Tang Dynasty (618-907), to fourteenth century tea ceremonies in Korea's Buddhist temples' to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka this present day, this ebook explores and illuminates tea and its elaborate, compelling history.
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The fact that this province, which encompasses the mountain Wutu, was thought to be the birthplace of cultivated tea lends credibility to the possibility that, here, t’u actually did refer to the tea shrub. Tea is mentioned several times in Shen Nung’s Herbal Classic, a compilation of writings named in honor of Shen Nung. Written during the Later Han dynasty (25–220 ce), several centuries after the legendary ruler was thought to have lived, the book, which includes information on an impressive 365 herbs, is called by many names, including Shen-nong Ben-cao-jin (Classic of Herbal Medicine), Shen Husbandman, The Herbal Classic of the Divine Plowman, and Pharmacopoeia of the Heavenly Husbandman.
The “sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals. ” Perhaps his most famous line is, “I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea,” a quote that is used frequently and enthusiastically by tea merchants even today. the imperial tea tribute Lu Yu’s work created a surge in the popularity of tea that resulted in more successful methods of tea cultivation and processing in many regions of T’ang dynasty China. During this period, the ﬁnest tea grew in Yang-Hsien, a mountainous region near present-day Shanghai.
The monks hoped that as Lu Yu performed these tasks, he would learn the necessary discipline and humility to continue with his priestly studies, but it was all to no avail. At the age of thirteen, Lu Yu ran away to join an opera troupe and fulﬁll his dream of becoming a clown. He seemed perfectly suited to this life and delighted audiences wherever he went, playing the fool and making people laugh. In spite of his restlessness, however, Lu Yu exhibited an unusually keen intellect, and he soon became bored with performing with the troupe.
Tea: The Drink that Changed the World by Laura Martin