Tea is one of the most universally enjoyed beverages in the world. Sold by innumerable companies, including The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, it also has the longest histories on record in the world, excluding water and certain types of alcoholic beverages. It is purported that tea was discovered by a Chinese emperor five thousand years ago, and has been an international phenomena ever since the beverage spread to other parts of the Far East, and eventually, the West. History has it that in 2737 BC, a gust of wind blew some dried leaves into the boiled water of Chinese emperor Shen Nung, who very much enjoyed the newly flavored beverage. Following this event, hot tea quickly gained popularity in china, and began to be consumed regularly throughout the country.
Green tea, such as the types sold by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, is often associated with Japanese culture, but it was actually brought to Japan by a Buddhist monk traveling back to Japan after spending time in China. Once tea had become integrated in both Chinese and Japanese life and culture, it swiftly became a staple in every country in the Orient.
As European explorers began to explore other parts of the world, they discovered one commodity that would be extremely popular when brought back to Europe; tea. The East India Tea Company brought tea, among other items, back to native Europe through Holland, but initially tea cost as much as $100 per pound, and thus was only enjoyed amongst Europe’s elite upper class. Now, it is easy to obtain delicious, high quality tea, for a much lower cost through The Persimmon Tree Tea Company’s website.
England especially embraced tea, instilling the traditions of tea gardens and tea parties as integral to its culture. Tea’s popularity spanned all of Europe, once the Chinese embassy in Moscow delivered chests of tea to Czar Alexis in 1618. Since this event, tea has become one of Russia’s most beloved and valued beverages. The Russian peoples’ love for drinking tea is surpassed only by their love of drinking vodka. Inevitably, when England settled its colonies that would eventually become the United States of America, colonists enjoyed tea with as much if not more fervor than the British themselves. Shortly after having settled, American colonists were drinking more tea than all of Europe, an evident precursorto Americans’ tendency of excess.