June is National Iced Tea Month. Being from the South, I love, love, love iced tea. So, this is a month that I fully embrace! LOL But I do love hot tea as well. I guess tea is my jam. For this month, I am going to look at tea — green, black, or herbal), and health. There will be some other tea-based items this month as well. Sit back and grab a cup of tea, and enjoy… Many Types of Tea A quick internet search reveals that there are over 3,000 types of teas in the world. These thousands of varieties fall into one of five basic categories: White, Green, Oolong, Black, PU-ERH. These are a spectrum of teas that range from un-oxidized (light and refreshing) white through to oxidized (dark and intense) PU-ERH. Most people don’t think of these categories though. They likely think of tea as falling into one of these categories: Hot Iced Herbal Black Infusions A Little Bit of History Narrowing down the history of tea is complicated. Many regions claim to be the originators of tea. Asia has a strong claim to early tea consumption, but England has a strong claim to the production of tea and helping expand the use of tea into India. No matter the origins and credit for the discovery, it is safe to say that tea has been consumed for thousands of years. In modern times, any type of tea can be enjoyed in any region. Tea is similar to beverages like coffee and wine. The tea leaves are impacted by their region and the climate the year they were grown. In essence, no two seasons are alike. The nuances from year-to-year and from grower to grower are like that of great winemakers. What Types of Tea Drinks Are Available? Tea has always been popular, but in recent times, infusions of teas are becoming more popular. Tea used to be served in restaurants and home settings, but more than ever is widely available in coffee houses and retail markets. No matter your education level or pallet, there is likely a tea that is perfect for your needs or preference. Here are some types of tea or tea drinks that you can find in today’s market: Boba Teas Fruit-infused tea Tea lattes Sweetened and unsweetened varieties TeaJava And more! The key to a great tea experience and exploring the vast variety of teas is curiosity. Being curious about what is available where you are – whether you are traveling, eating in a new restaurant, exploring a tea house, or the tea aisle of your grocer. Ask people what their favorite tea drinks are and be willing to try new types. Use a social media resource like YouTube or Pinterest to discover new teas and preparations. Soon you will be an expert in tea varieties and concepts. Conclusion Experiencing and enjoying tea is a fun pastime and a beautiful way to express yourself. Whether tea is a staple preference over coffee or one of the many beverages you enjoy, experiment with its many varieties and open up a world of possibility.
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