Time for coffee and tea
Assam Tea Information
A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that tea is actually healthier for the body than just plain water. This is because tea has a unique property that can re-hydrate the body while at the same time containing essential antioxidants that help in fighting against harmful diseases. Due to these antioxidants, drinking tea can actually help in providing protection against different types of cancer such as mouth, breast, lung, colorectal, pancreas, skin, bladder and esophageal; as well as stroke, and other blood pressure and heart related diseases.
One of the most common varieties of tea is the Assam black tea, which is primarily a black tea named after its originating region, Assam in India. The Indian state of Assam is the second biggest commercial tea production region after southern China, and the world’s largest tea growing area. This is the reason why Assam tea is exported to many different countries worldwide, and not just consumed locally like many other varieties.
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Assam tea is produced specifically from the Camellia sinensis variety assamica plant that is mostly grown at or near sea level. Assam is widely known for its briskness, body, strong and malty flavor, and bright color. The blends containing Assam teas are often sold as breakfast teas in most English-speaking countries, with the most renowned names being those of English breakfast tea, Scottish breakfast tea, and Irish breakfast tea.
Since it came from a different variety of the tea plant Camellia sinensis, which is the Camellia assamica, this beverage was first tried and loved by European tea lovers in the 19th century as the sub-continent opened up. A Scottish adventurer named Robert Bruce discovered this special variety in 1823, where it was found growing wild in Assam.
It was in the 1830’s when this variety was classified as Camellia sinensis var. assamica and because of its wider and darker green leaves, it was easily distinguished from the usual Chinese tea variety.
Assam tea has its unique taste due to its growing conditions in India. It is planted near sea level and enjoys the conditions of abundant rain, and extreme heat and humidity. This tea type has a strong bright color with a unique malty taste and briskness that one can experience with a single sip. As it travels well Assam tea can be enjoyed without the need of going to its originating place, India.
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It is widely known that drinking tea has several health benefits especially combined with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The different Assam tea benefits include the following: