The Origins of Tea
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Origins of Tea
"Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia." from Wikipedia.
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So, where did the beverage, Tea, come from?
Well, I have read that the Chinese have grown the indigenous Chinese tea plant and have been drinking it for centuries as a medicinal tonic. But that it was introduced through the trade routes to the West, via the Portuguese priests back in the 16th Century.
What was the first Tea Cup?
The Chinese Underglaze Blue Tea Bowl, c1700. Kangxi Period
The first tea cups were handle-less and were called tea bowls not tea cups. They were introduced from China at the same time the Chinese Tea was brought to the West.
When did the tea bowl become a tea cup?
The "tea bowls" came to Europe and were considered messy. It was in England that the tea cup replaced the tea bowls at tea time.
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