According to history, the routine of drinking tea began in 750 BC, but the actual origin of tea in the country, in terms of commercialization dates to pre-independence times when the Britishers started tea cultivation and consumption in the country. This was done to challenge the Chinese monopoly in the tea industry.
What initially began as a business goal, eventually became a household habit with every household designing their daily routines in accordance with their cup of tea that they will be having throughout the day.
SPREAD TO OTHER AREAS
After Darjeeling and Assam proved to be fruitful spots for the tea cultivation, other mountain regions like Kumaon, Dehradun, and Nilgiris too were the regions where tea cultivation started.
INDIA SYNONYMOUS TO CHAI
Seeing the tremendous response in tea cultivation, India started the trade and export of tea to other countries and therefore spreading the magic of Indian tea all across the globe. The business of import and export-led to putting India on the map and it made India synonymous with tea. Today, if the foreigners think of a beverage after coming to India, is not some beer or whiskey, but tea.
During its initial stage, tea was positioned itself as an important part which had to be served with the snacks. In the process of making tea available for everyone, people started setting up stalls as a profitable venture. This way people who used to go to the offices could have their high chai dosage. After this people started getting together at each other’s places and this would, in turn, become a chai party for everyone. Even today this is a tradition which is being followed by the Indians.
Started as a regular tea, it has now undergone numerous changes and is now made with ingredients like elaichi, ginger, lemon, and various others. But the basic ingredients have remained the same.
The consumption of tea is the highest and every day new variants are added for the health conscious people of today’s time. Green tea, Herbal Tea and Chamomile Tea are the three types of beverages which are consumed by the majority of the Indians. Drinking tea helps in controlling weight, and it is rich in antioxidants which make the benefits endless.
The consumption of tea is increasing with every passing year. And there are a few interesting things which you can look out for in 2019.
Veggie tea mixes
A lot of people now demand their teas to have vegetables in the composition. These vegetables are inclusive of onions, tomatoes, potatoes and many more. This has been done seeing the number of people becoming vegans these days.
Despite the fact that many teas provide natural energy, power teas including vitamins and herbs is a new trend which you can look forward.
These are the teas which undergo microbial fermentation, which does wonders for the person’s immune system and also helps in bettering the digestive system.
On the occasion of the international tea day, have a cup of chai and make your lives more beautiful.