Interesting tea facts:

  1. Other than tourism, tea is the biggest industrial activity in India.
  2. Tea absorbs odours really well. If you rub your hands in tea it can even remove the smell of fish from them. 
  3. The tea plant naturally grows into a tea tree.
  4. The world’s oldest cultivated tea tree is 3,200 years old and found in the Yunnan province in south west China.
  5. After water, tea is the most consumed drink in the world.
  6. Tea is now grown in 52 countries.
  7. The Chester teapot is the World’s largest teapot which is 4.3m in height and 4.3 m in diameter. It is in the City of Chester, West Virginia.
  8. Milk in first or second? The British originally started putting milk in tea because poor quality china would crack under boiling temperatures, so the milk was added first to cool the cup. Only the rich could afford high quality china that could withstand boiling water.
  9. There are estimated to be over 1,500 different varieties of tea.
  10. Over 25% of milk consumed in the UK is taken in tea.