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How Was Tea Discovered?

The history of tea dates back to approximately 5000 years ago of Imperial China, according to the legend, emperor Shen Nong discovered “tea” accidentally during one of his routine herbal field visits. Emperor Shen Nong, a well-known herbalist who was also the first to teach Chinese people how to use herbs in therapy and diet. Throughout his time as an herbalist, he had identified hundreds of herbs via personally tasting and analyzing the properties.

One day, while Emperor Shen Nong was resting beneath a tree after accidentally tasted a toxic plant, some leaves from a certain tree bush were blown into the boiling water pot which was meant for Emperor Shen Nong to quench his thirst. The boiling water suddenly turned yellow green-ish color and came with an indescribable distinct scent. After a sip, Emperor Shen Nong was surprised of the infusion that was accidentally created. By chewing the tea leaves, the uncomfortable and painful feeling incurred from the toxic plant had disappeared completely.

Emperor Shen Nong collected some leaves samples back and studied all over about this particular herbal plant, which is then how tea is first discovered. Although tea was taken for medical purposes originally and was being chewed instead of being drank as today. With the increasing popularity, tea has been introduced to more and more people and being widely implemented as sacrificial offerings, dishes, and drinks nowadays.