Tea and herbal infusion facts

Here are a few little facts you might like.

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billion cups of tea are drunk globally everyday.

plant species used globally for medicinal purposes, of which about 26,000 have well-documented use (out of a total approximately 390,000 plant species).

calorie drink, when drunk without milk and sugar

Apart from water, tea is the most popular drink in the world.

Tea was once used as a medicine, before becoming an everyday drink.

Each year, May 21 marks International Tea Day, as per the United Nations.


Tea is one plant, Camellia sinensis. It has four broad families – white, green, oolong and black. Together, they give us hundreds of varieties.


The difference between green and black tea is that black teas go through a natural oxidation process, whereas green teas do not.

Tea is really versatile. Like wine, you’ll find there are teas that pair best with foods like cheese or chocolate.

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The world’s most famous flavored black tea is Earl Grey; the world’s most famous flavored green tea is jasmine.

Tea grows in 40-45 countries globally and the bush can flourish at various elevations – from sea level to up to 8000 feet high on mountain slopes.

Iced tea – and the teabag – were both discovered by chance.