Green Tea is probably the most well-known tea on the planet, but do you know where it started?
The Origin of Green Tea
Green tea was discovered in China over five thousand years ago—as early as 2737 BC. Ironically, it was discovered by accident. Legend says that Chinese Emperor Shen Nong was boiling water to drink when the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant (used to make green tea) fell into his pot. He liked the result so much that tea was born—all tea was green tea for centuries.
Unfortunately, green tea was expensive and exclusive only to the wealthy aristocracy. It wouldn’t be until the 6th century AD that green tea would have wide-spread use throughout China. Then in 600AD, the first book about tea was written by Lu Yu. It was called Ch’a Chang (Tea Classic).
Green Tea in the West
It would take almost a thousand more years for green tea to leave Asia. The first export of green tea happened in Japan during the year 1610 by the Dutch East India Company. Thus, green tea was finally brought the West.
Since then, many variations of tea have been created, although you can still enjoy the original green tea today.