Myths and misconceptions about tea
It is hard to find anyone who would not like tea. Most tea drinkers are divided on preferences that they give to a particular kind of tea. A true connoisseurs of this wonderful drink are ready to give any money to try the most elite and rare teas. The tea ceremony has come to us from the traditional oriental culture. Following its rules, we often make mistakes and the mistake of adopting the experience of books and other printed materials. About this tea ceremony can only speculate native of the East, or a person who has lived for many years in these countries. What are the most common misconceptions are prevalent among Europeans?
- The highest quality can be only tea, hand-built.
In fact, this is not entirely true. The most advanced technically country Japan has long been invented a special machine for harvesting tea leaves, which also carefully and gently harvests, as a man. For the regions of South Asia, where human labor is valued very cheaply, much more profitable to use manual labor for harvesting tea.
- For welding should only porcelain teapot.
For green and red teas really more suitable porcelain. But for other types of tea will suit both clay and glass. You should not only use metal teapots, as they are in the process of brewing oxidize and spoil the taste of tea.
- The most prized tea grown in the mountains.
This is true. High mountain tea bush grows much more slowly than in the valley. Clean air and wet mist the plant to accumulate more valuable substances. However, due to low temperatures in winter can take off in just two harvest season, when the lower area harvested from 4 to 6 harvests per year. Therefore, high-leaf tea is much more expensive on the world market.
- Leaves of green and black tea together from tea bushes.
This is the most common misconception. In fact, both green and red, and white, and black teas are from the same bush. A variety of tea and the taste changes with a special fermentation, drying and podvyalivaniya.
- Tea bag is only the lowest quality.
In most cases, it really is true. Companies producing elite varieties of tea, it will never be split up and sold mainly pressed tiles. Tea bags can be obtained from the “waste” of production – a small, broken pieces and tea dust.
- For brewing tea to use cool boiled water.
This is not true. In fact, the smaller the fermented tea, the lower the temperature it needs to brew. For example, for black tea is enough water temperature of about 90 degrees, and for the green – 70-75.
- The quality of tea is influenced by its packaging.
In fact, tea is able to actively absorb odors very nearby products. Therefore, the special role played by tea packaging. For expensive varieties are mainly used tin or wooden jar. Modern technologies allow to tightly pack the tea production to a cheaper type of packaging – cardboard, cellophane. First place in the world for high-quality packaging of tea leaves occupied countries such as France and England.
- Green tea is effective against tumors.
This can not be a statement, but merely speculation. Scientists have examined the effect of green tea, and in particular the high content of antioxidants in it to slow down cancer processes in the body.
- Sweets should only drink tea.
There is some truth, but many nutritionists agree with these. In case a large amount of vitamin B1, which helps to quickly break down carbohydrates. Only because of this reason, to make it in the world sweet pastries and desserts drink tea? We can only guess.
- Tea is harmful to pregnant women.
I think this is the delusion arose when it became known that tea contains a small percentage of caffeine. Coffee is really dangerous during pregnancy and can cause miscarriage. However, a small amount of tea a day (1-2 cups) does not prevent a woman bear a healthy child.
- Green tea may eventually destroy the structure of the liver.
In order for the body began to occur to irreversible destruction of the liver tissue, you need to drink a lot of green tea. Everything should be done in moderation. Any product can harm the human body, if consumed excessively.
- Do not drink tea immediately after a meal.
This is very true remark, because tea contains tannic acid, which reacts with iron and protein, may stretch their structure, which complicate and slow down the digestion of food. It is best to drink tea at the expiration of 20-30 minutes after taking the meat and fatty foods.
The most important advice to which to listen – it’s always drink freshly brewed tea. A constantly cooled down for a while and drink best used for exterior cosmetic purposes. For example, making lotions and eye rubbing them skin. Too strong tea can cause headaches, which will be triggered by a lot of caffeine, getting into the blood.