A brief introduction to the origin of tea


Tea is an evergreen woody plant with oval leaves, white flowers and seed with hard shells. In 1753, Lin Nai, a plant taxonomist, named tea "theaasinensis", which means tea tree originated in China. Its scientific name is Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze. Tea is an important economic crop in China.

Tea originated in China, spread and the world. Yunnan Guizhou Plateau in the southwest of China is the origin center of tea trees. There are unique natural conditions for tea trees to reproduce. Up to now, there are still many ancient wild tea trees. Today, the tea species, tea planting technology, tea making methods, tea tasting art and tea culture spread to five continents all originated in China. In addition, the rich historical data of tea and the identification of modern biological science prove that China is the hometown of tea.

Tea Tree

Lu Yu said in the book of tea, "tea is a drink, which originates from Shennong." It is said that in the era of Shennong, more than 2700 BC, Shennong made herbs for the benefit of all living beings. One day, Shennong tasted a kind of grass leaves, which made him dry and dizzy. Suddenly, a gust of wind passed, and a fresh fragrance came. Looking up, Shennong saw the green leaves on the tree. He took a piece of it and chewed it carefully in his mouth. It tasted first bitter, then fragrant and sweet. After eating it, he felt more fragrant. The tongue was fresh and refreshing. His dizziness was relieved, and his dry mouth disappeared. Shennong was then called "tea", which is the earliest legend of tea.