Although several Asian countries are mentioned as the origin history of tea in various sources, the vast majority of these sources consider China as the main origin of this plant. One of the most famous stories is related to 2737 BC, according to which one day the Chinese emperor named “Shen Nong”, who was a skilled botanist himself, was sitting under a tree and his servant was boiling water. He had prepared a tea that by putting a tea leaf in boiling water, Shen Nong realized the properties of this plant and after that the consumption of this drink gradually spread in China and other parts of the world.

If we want to leave the traditions and examine this issue a little more documented, we must say that in the tombs discovered during the reign of the “Han” dynasty in China, that is, from 220 to 206 BC; Tea containers have been discovered, but it became popular as the official and national drink of China during the Tang Dynasty, which ruled China from 618 to 906 AD. Another documented source on the history of tea is a Chinese author named Lu Yu who wrote the first official book on Chai Ching or Classic Tea.

It was shortly after this date that for the first time this plant was introduced in Japan by Japanese Buddhist monks who had traveled to China to study and were interested, so that it found a special place in Japanese rituals and ceremonies. This ceremony is also known as the tea ceremony.

The history of tea consumption in Europe

In terms of time, Europe is far behind the rest of the world when it comes to drinking this drink. Familiarity with the advantages of this plant in Europe dates back to the second half of the 16th century. Tea drinking first became popular among Portuguese merchants, but the trade was not started by the Portuguese, but by their commercial rivals, the Dutch. It was around 1606 that the Dutch started trading this plant from China to the Netherlands through the island of “Java” and soon this drink became known as a luxury drink among the Dutch people.

History of tea consumption in England

The arrival of this drink in England began around 1600 AD. Originally, sailors and merchants brought this plant as a gift from Asia to their cities in England. The first tea house was established in London in 1652 and for a long time people looked at this drink with curiosity. Also, in 1658, one of the magazines printed in London included an article that the name of this drink is “Ti Cha” from the Chinese word and “Tai” from the word of other nations. (Tai) introduced; Then, the first mass and official import of this product to England by the British East India Company dates back to 1664.

Another influential issue in the popularity of tea consumption in England and Europe is related to the marriage of “Carlos II” with the Portuguese prince named “Braganza”. The Princess of Braganza was addicted to this drink, and this had a great influence on the introduction and spread of tea in England and Europe, so tea was first used as a drink among the nobility and also among the judges of the English courts, and then among other sectors. It also spread to some extent among the people of England.

Finally, let us know about the history of tea that this plant is a valuable plant that was first discovered by the emperor of China at the time, who was also a botanist named “Shen Nong”. Then it was noticed in China and other parts of the world including Europe. It then entered England around 1600 and found a following among sailors and merchants, and for a long time it was used as a luxury drink among the nobility.