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What is tea?

How is tea made?  The history of tea  Different kinds of tea  Interesting facts about tea  Tea in different languages  A little quiz about tea  References  Glossary 

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Tea is a plant and it’s also a drink.  People drink tea because it’s healthy, tasty and it smells good.  Tea also helps you sometimes if you are sick. Tea is also a hot Drink you can drink when you are cold. 


Tea is made from a plant named Camellia sinensis. After picking the leaves they are dried and put in little tea bags. These are the little tea bags that we buy in the supermarket. We dip the tea bags in hot water and drink and that’s how tea is made.


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Chinese people began making a tea drink in the Stone Age. They used leaves from tea bushes which grew wild. They put the leaves in hot water and left them to seep in the water. This let all the flavor go into the water. About 4000 year ago the Chinese started to grow tea plants on their farms. Over 2000 years ago Chinese doctors used tea as a medicine. Tea was also used to welcome guests into your home. 1400 years ago traders took tea to the Arab world. Arabs were getting sugar from India, so they started to add sugar to their tea to make a sweet drink. 400 years ago Europeans travelled to China and were given tea to welcome them. They took tea back to Europe and it became a very popular drink. However, tea wouldn’t grow in Europe because it was not the right climate. So that they would not have to keep buying tea from China, the British started to grow tea in India because they ruled that country. Soon a lot of the tea came from India.


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Tea has many kinds like: plum, strawberry, green, black, lemon, mint, jasmine, masala and many more‌


After water tea is the most popular drink in the world!  Only the top part of the Camellia sinensis is picked for making tea!  A tea plant can grow and become a tree that’s 16m high!  Black tea has a longer shelf life than green tea! 


English- tea -te ( Hebrew‫)תה‬ French- thé [ta] Korean- 다 da Japanese- だ da, た ta Swedish- te Persian- ‫ چای‬chay Greek-τέϊον téïon and there are many more…


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Tea, green, black, bag, Camellia, sinensis, sixteen, popular, Drink, plum, history, kinds.


http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/food/tea

Wikipedia-tea


Supermarket- a place where you buy your food.  Stone age- 4000 years ago  Seep- soak  Flavor- taste  Medicine- something you drink or eat when you are sick.  Traders- people who sell and buy things. 

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