Did you know that on April 21, the UK celebrates National Tea Day?
Tea is the second most widely consumed drink in the world. It is made by pouring boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of a plant named “Camelia Sinensis”. All of the teas come from this plant, and the difference is the way the leaves are curated. The fresher the leaves, the lighter the tea will be. It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make 1 pound of finished tea.
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. It then became a tradition, though later the time was changed so that the working people could enjoy a nice cup of tea as well.
If you’d like to join this celebration, invite your family to enjoy some good tea today at 5:00 pm.