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Who Invented Tea? The Origin of Tea

Who Invented Tea? The Origin of Tea

A great deal of legend and myth surrounds the story of the origin of tea. One legend says that, in the year 2737 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung noticed that a green leaf had blown into a bowl of boiling water, colouring the water and creating what became known as tea. From then on the emperor desired nothing but tea to drink.

Tea is first mentioned in Chinese documents some 4,700 years ago. It follows that tea probably originated in China. Today, the teabush grows in different regions of the world, among them India, Sri Lanka, China and Africa. The map of the world illustrates which varieties are grown in which countries.