Tea tree: Origin, Classification, Use and Dissemination Process

Origin and history of tea

Tea is a tree with the longest cultivation history, green leaves all year round, white flowers. Tea is grown about 5 years and harvested for about 25 years. Tea plants only grow in areas with no frost, cool, suitable for areas with an average rainfall of 3000ml / year, and at an altitude of 500-1000m above sea level. The areas suitable for tea cultivation are southern Yunnan province (China), Northern Vietnam and east India’s Asssam state. The origin of tea is the ancient North East Asia region. The original tea tree was considered 4-5 thousand years ago. Vietnamese archeologists has found fossils of tea leaves and trees in Phu Tho. The ancient northern Southeast Asia region now has many ancient tea plants.

Tea Tree in Vietnam

In folk, there is a lot of legends about tea but mainly in China, India and Japan. Vietnamese people use the word “tea”, while the word “tea” is a word borrowed from Chinese, only for processed products. The results of archaeological research in combination with Vietnamese and Chinese history search all show that although China is considered to be a place to spread tea, tea is an indigenous tree of Vietnam. Vietnam can be called one of the hometowns of ancient tea plants, this is confirmed both at home and abroad. From China, tea began to spread to Korea (647), Japan (passed into the peninsula of Korea in the 7th century and in the VIII century), Central Asia and West Asia and to the Arabs in the first century), Europe (1577). On the economic side, it is very likely that the rise of China in the 21st century will have a significant contribution to tea – a unique agricultural product, special products. So, when looking at how to dominate the market, after the period of producing cheap and popular goods, then there must be a period of specific products – unique, no similar products to replace or not replace.

Tea’s use and Classification

There are many ways to use tea leaves, but mainly used for cooking drinks or baking, mixed with some other herbs for medicine. Because tea plants are very healthy, many people use them to make drinks or make medicine. Around the world there are about 3,000 things that leaves are often used as daily drinks. But since tea has become popular, green tea drinks are generally called tea. Each country has a name for tea and there are many different types of tea. Authentic tea with the scientific name Camellia sinensis also has 9 types. In the world, there are main teas such as: White tea, Luc tea, O-long, Pho Nhi, Hong tea, Onion tea, Loose tea, Tea, Powder tea, Fiber tea … In 1827, new tea researched by the scientific community and discovered many good health benefits and used to treat diseases.

Tea’ art and Tea Ceremony

With the initial use is simply making medicine or soft drinks but gradually over the years, tea has gradually been raised into a great combination between physical and mental entertainment. “In the throat, the joy spreads to the purest loneliness!”

Tea art and Tea Ceremony

In summary, under the history of formation for thousands of years, tea plants are now very popular. Even in areas with cold climates like Russia or Northern European countries where tea plants are not developed, they still drink tea. tea there is imported mainly from Asian countries such as Vietnam, India, … In the land that is considered the homeland of tea plants like Vietnam, China, Japan, drink tea has been upgraded into an art. And the people call it by a beautiful name: Tea Ceremony. Currently, there are three most popular tea ceremony cultures in the world, such as: Chinese tea, Japanese tea ceremony, Vietnamese tea ceremony. Each such name is associated with a different tea art. It reflects the cultural life of each nation and each culture of each country.

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