T for Tea

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Name :Camellia sinensis

Common name: Tea

Types of Tea- White, Yellow, Green, Oolong and Black.

5 significant components of tea:

  1. Essential Oils = aroma
  2. Polyphenols = antioxidants
  3. Phytonutrients = vitamins, minerals, amino acids
  4. Enzymes = promote tea leaf oxidation
  5. Methylxanthines = stimulants and muscle relaxants (Caffeine, Theophylline, Theobromine)

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Benefits of Drinking Tea :

  • Tea (Black and Green) contains important antioxidants. These phytonutrients may contribute substantially to the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic disease.
  • Compounds in tea other than flavonoids support the human immune system.
  • Preliminary research suggests that drinking tea may have effects on body weight, fat accumulation and insulin activity.

So much so for the knowledge, we should be thankful to the British who had the foresight to introduce the tea plant in our country and build the whole ecosytem of growing up tea in Assam.  The laborers are specific for this task and they were brought from Orissa from a special tribe to work in Assam. They were trained and rehabilitated in Assam about 200 years back. These people, over a period of time have become an important part of culture of Assam. No other people can replace them literally.

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Who does not like to drink it in some form or other. Its a refreshing drink when mixed with ice and lemon, a morning drink with milk and cardamom, green tea can be sipped throughout the whole day while at work and black tea to keep the sleep at bay. Now a days you will also find fruit flavored tea which is popular in middle eastern countries like Turkey. The kind of tea we get in India is special-Milk and cardamom or ginger.This is rarely taken in any part of the world but that is my favorite.

Having done my major in Tea Science while my graduation, I feel relieved that I could write atleast these few words on tea!I only wish if I could have worked on my specialized subject someday…!Anyway…a cup of tea to go back to humid and warm tea gardens where once I did my practical classes!

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