The Origin of Tea

Tea, of the variety called “Black Tea”, “Green Tea”, and “Oolong Tea”, is derived from the same young tender leaves and buds of the plant “Thea sinensis”, a close kin to the plant Camellia. The preference for tea as a refreshing natural beverage dates back to 2737 B.C. when it is said that the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung , discovered and brewed the world’s first cup of tea.