Monday, July 27, 2015

Best Tea brands in the world

Best Green Tea brand for weight loss 

It was as far back in 1824 British brought a Tea plant from china to Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) and planted in Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya , close to the hill capital Kandy. Chinese Emperor Shen Nung accidentally discovered tea in 2737BC. Tea is the most popular beverage,  next to water. Approximately 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide. Now the Best Tea brands in the world is cultivated in Sri Lanka


                                                Tea tender leaves
Tea Plant
Until 1860 the main crop in the island of Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon was coffee. But in 1869 a widely spreading fungus killed many coffee plants and estate owners had to diversify to other crops to avoid ruin of the plantations. Some owners of plantations were interested in Tea since 1850 and one James Taylor a recently arrived Scotsman was selected to plant tea in 19 acres of land.
                                                        Tea Plucker

He first made the tea in his home manually and it turned to be delicious. In 1872 he had a fully equipped Tea Factory and in 1873 his first quality tea was sold in London auction for a very good price. Through dedication and determination he was responsible for the success of the tea crop in sri lanka. The three tender leaves of the tea bud is plucked by tea pluckers, mainly female workers and sent to the tea factory for preparation of the drinking tea. Best tea brands in the world are prepared in these factories.

                                              Tea Plantation


Most tea gardens are situated at elevation of 3000-8000 ft above sea level in the up country and Galle district in the south. Until 1971 more than 70% of the country’s tea estates was owned and managed by British Companies. In the year 1971 Sri Lanka government introduced the land reform act which gave state control of majority of plantations. Only about 1/3 small estates were in the hands of private persons.

Finest teas are produced from Tea bushes that grow above 4000 ft above sea level. There are about six main tea producing areas being Galle district, Ratnapura about 90 km from Colombo the capital city, Nuwara Eliya , Dimbulla and Uva provinces.  Best Tea brands in the world are made here.
Tea produced in each area has their own characteristics of flavor, aroma and color.

In China and Japan more  people drink Green tea without sugar, even during meal,s as it helps reduce obesity.  The effects of tea on obesity and diabetes have received increasing attention and  appear to have anti obesity and anti diabetic effects


Green tea, native to China and India and Sri Lanka, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the US. Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world next to water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green tea.

Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. Regular consumption helps in weight loss.
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