Nearly three million tons of tea are produced worldwide, according to the U.K.-based Tea Institute. Tea drinkers consumed nearly three cups a day in 1999, or a million more cups than the year before, according to the Institute.
Studying the effects of tea is difficult because the pattern of consumption varies from country to country - and even within countries. And understanding the long-term health effects of tea requires long-term studies.
In Europe, the favorite tea is black tea, a brew prepared from fully fermented green tea leaves. France and the Netherlands were the two largest tea-consuming nations until the late 1650s.
As the English rose to dominate the oceans of the known world, trade ships known as Tea Clippers were born. These majestic vessels carried silk, porcelain and other goods from China to Europe, but they took their name from their most important cargo. The first tea used in England came from China, and it wasn't until the 19th century that tea growing spread to other countries and indigenous tea was discovered in Assam. Bur the UK is still the largest importer of tea.
Now one can choose from very wide selection of popular English teas that taste great, make you feel better and is good for you from Taylor of Harrogate, PG Tips, Twinings and Stash. The new flavours of English tea are as successful as the traditional ones because Twinings prepare them using skills acquired through three centuries of experience.
PG Tips has been the best known and most popular brand of tea in the UK for many years. It is a typical stronger blend of Indian and African teas
Earl Grey tea was named after Charles Grey, the second earl in his line. He was Prime Minister to King William IV in the early 19th century. The legend is that the Earl was given the recipe by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends, and whose life he had saved.
Earl Grey is a blend of Indian and Ceylon teas. This sort of English tea gets its unusual flavor from oil of Bergamot. Bergamot is a small acidic orange. The latest research indicates that the Bergamot orange is a cross between the sweet or pear lemon (Citrus Limetta) and the Seville or sour orange (Citrus Aurantium). The sour orange is native to southern Vietnam, hence the Chinese connection.
West tea, for example, full range of the famous gourmet Irish Tea. The good old traditional Irish Breakfast is a true favourite. Experts say that there's nothing like sitting down to a feast of soda bread, barn brack, fried eggs, tomatoes, thick bacon rashers and pork sausages in the morning. It needs only one more thing, a cup of Irish Tea to top it off.
No matter what your age, tea delivers a multitude of health benefits that range from: being cardio-protective, being a good source of fluid and being friendly to your teeth. The latest research has shown that drinking your cup provides you with positive health benefits. The antioxidants, hydrating properties, caffeine and fluoride found in tea mean that you need never feel guilty about reaching for the teapot.
Ultimately, the best reason to drink English tea or any other - whatever its real benefits - may be that it tastes good and there's virtually nothing wrong with it.