The UN has designated 21 May as International Tea Day. So, let us celebrate this day with some interesting tea facts.
Tea is the most consumed drink on the globe, after water. It is a fact that in many developing countries, the main source of living for millions of families is the production and processing of tea.
Why celebrate International Tea Day?
The purpose of International Tea Day is to create awareness about the importance of tea in fighting hunger and poverty. Certainly, tea is the main source of livelihood for millions of poor families. This day aims to promote the actions that favour the sustainable production and consumption of tea.
Interesting Facts About Tea
- The most interesting fact about teas is that several different kinds of tea exist; for instance, black tea, white tea along with oolong tea and green tea. However, people around the planet drink black tea the most. Approximately 84-85% of the total population consumes black tea.
- The world’s tea market because of its high consumption and the most popular drink. It was worth $52 billion (USD) in 2018.
- By the year 2026, the global tea market is projected to reach $81 billion.
- The interesting fact about tea is that it is associated with good health. Green tea is considered a superfood because it contains many compounds that contribute to the potential health-giving benefits – for instance, antioxidants, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. In addition, it helps in weight loss and regulating blood sugar levels. Also, it helps to alleviate sore throat and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- The most interesting fact about teas is that you can use it in household remedies such as cleaning floors and marinating meat. In addition, tea also finds its use in naturally dyeing cloth and for gardening purpose, because it increases the decomposition process.
- Another fact is that China is at the top of the list to consume the most tea by its people. Turkish people consume almost 7 pounds of tea per person annually, and they are the globe’s 2nd largest tea-drinking nation.
- People add various herbs and edible items to tea to enhance flavour and its properties.
- China, India, and Kenya produce the most amount of tea.
Enjoy tea, with caution
However, drinking an abundant amount of tea is dangerous for health. The black tea contains a high concentration of oxalates that can cause kidney disease and, ultimately, renal failure.
So, don’t overdrink black tea. All of the above are some interesting facts about teas that we can learn to improve our knowledge about tea on International Tea Day (21 May).