Black tea: Origin and health benefits
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Black tea: Origin and health benefits

The Lapsang Souchong is a black Chinese tea

Black tea: Origin and health benefits

The history of tea is often traced back to China where it had been first made and one of the most popular ways of having tea is the black tea. You’ll find that there are different types of black tea, a number of which are a mix of tea with different origins and a few more exotic and non-traditional.

Let’s know more about black tea origins and its journey:

The Lapsang Souchong is a black Chinese tea, the first black tea and therefore the first to be created, that’s still popular today. Its origins go back to the late 16th century and its name comes from Lapsang, the high mountains of China’s Fujian area, and Souchong refers to small leaf teas.

Souchong indicates the leaves plucked, which are the fourth and fifth leaves of the plant. Unlike the highest leaves and buds, the black tea leaves don’t hold as many aromatic compounds. The Souchong is roasted in a bamboo basket that’s warmed over burning wood. This lends an amazing  taste to the tea, which continues to define the Lapsang Souchong tea.

The story goes back in 1875, a person named Hu Yuanlong went up to Fujian to find out the way to make black tea. He learnt everything about the art and returned to Qimen to recreate it. Thus was born the favored Keemun tea.

Black tea continued to be popular in China. When the Malay Archipelago Company decided to grow tea in Darjeeling, the gardens were planted with saplings from China and tea production began.

Around the same time, British also discovered another species of tea growing in Assam – the tea Var, a tea plant. This variant was stronger than the Chinese tea, had longer leaves, and went on to become a well-liked base for breakfast teas within the West.

“All the fitness enthusiasts swear by this, if you go to the gym regularly, it can be really beneficial. Black coffee has high caffeine content which can give you the spike of energy that you need to work out and has its own benefits too,” said Sandhya Chopra, chief clinical nutritionist at Fortis Hospital, Gurugram.

Let's know the benefits of black tea:

1. Rich in antioxidants.

2. Helps in weight loss.

3. Good for hair and skin.

4. Improves focus and concentration.

5. Protects against diabetes.

Enjoy your black tea at home!!