Matcha is a powdered green tea from Japan using finely ground, high-quality green tea leaves. It’s traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
India has a rich and diverse tea history, with traditional masala chai tea being served through South Asia for thousands of years before the tea industry exploded during the British colonial era. Pictured above is the white leaf Darjeeling tea, which grows wild in India.
Black tea in the UK can be served on its own or with milk and/or sugar and is taken several times a day. Aim for a golden colour when pouring you milk, and for the love of god, brew the tea first.
Turkish coffee may be the country’s most famous warm drink, but cay tea is its most popular, served with every meal, and often in between. The black tea doesn’t take milk, but can be served with or without sugar and is usually brewed in a really confusing two-chamber pot.
Tibetan po cha, or butter tea, combines tea, salt, and yak butter. The tea is brewed for several hours to get a bitter taste, then churned with butter and salt directly before serving. Try it yourself with this recipe.
Spearmint is steeped in green tea for this drink, popular in Morocco and across much of North Africa.
7. Hong Kong
Famous in Hong Kong is iced milk tea known as pantyhose tea or silk stocking tea because it’s similar in colour to nude stockings, no joke. To make, combine strong chilled black tea with evaporated or condensed milk and serve over ice.
Pearl milk tea, aka bubble tea, has become a worldwide phenomenon, but it has its roots in Taiwan. It can be served hot or cold, and typically over tapioca pearls cooked in sugar syrup. Basically once you’ve had bubble tea, you’ll never need a Frappuccino again. Use this recipe to make your own.
Sweet iced tea is the lifeblood of the American South. Usually made using strong-brewed Lipton tea and sugar, you can add lemon, or a pinch of baking soda for smoothness.
For a cup of Russian tea, several types of black leaves are brewed separately and then mixed in the cup. Like Turkey, Russia traditionally uses a multi-chamber pot, called a samovar, with a chamber for water and a chamber for brewing the tea.
Chai isn’t exclusive to India. Spicy and creamy masala chai is a favourite for Pakistani afternoon tea, and you can use basic English breakfast tea as a base.
Cha yen is Thailand’s take on iced milk tea, and it combines condensed milk and brewed Thai Tea Mix.
The Chinese love their tea, and drink a wide range of flavours and colours. Pictured is yellow leaf pu-erh tea, which is packaged in bricks or balls, crumbled into the cup, and steeped in hot water.
Malaysia has perfected the tea needed for all deserts and snacks. Shown is Kopi Cham, a drink of coffee plus tea, commonly served hot or iced in Malaysia.
Suutei tsai is cooked in a flat pan with milk and salt. The savoury tea is served in a shallow metal bowl with most meals.
Egyptians are well-known for being big tea drinkers. Their national Egyptian drink is called Karkadeh tea, which is a sweet-sour drink of bright red color, made of dried Sudanese rose flower bracts. You can drink it both hot and cold.
Yerba mate is a vitamin-packed green tea grown and drunk throughout South America, as well as in Portugal, Lebanon, and Syria. It has a signature smoky flavour and can be served hot or cold.
18. South Africa
The Rooibos plant produces a bright red tea, and is found exclusively in South Africa. Typically served on its own without sugar or milk, the tea has a naturally mild and sweet flavour, and is a great before bed cuppa.
In Qatar, strong milky tea called karak chai is a nationwide favourite. Black tea leaves are boiled in water, mixed with evaporated milk and sugar, and boiled a second time.
Mauritania’s version of the popular north African mint green tea has a specific serving ritual. Drinkers take three cups each, increasing the sweetness of every new cup, so you start bitter and end sweet.
The hostess poured a cup of tea for a middle-aged man at her party and asked him if he took sugar. “No,” he said. “Yes,” said his wife brightly at the same moment. Then she turned accusingly to him. “But I always put sugar in your tea!” “I know,” the man said rudefully. “I used to remind you not to. Now I just don’t stir.”
Tea is a type of herb, just as tulsi is a herb , that can be found on the mountains. It is well-known that when tulsi is boiled along with milk and sugar, it loses its value and goodness. In the same way, when we prepare tea with milk and sugar, in addition to losing its value, we experience increase in acidity, increase in tension in the intestines and as well, the liver is overworked and becomes weak.
Tea without Sugar
When we take tea purely without any sugar and milk, it serves as a good vasodilator to clear the channels of the heart, preventing such problems from arising. Tea, taken without sugar and milk, serves as a good vasodilator to clear this duct so that the bile content can easily flow into the duodenum and intestine.
When we take tea prepared without milk, sugar and without boiling the tea leaves in the water, the alkaline nature of the tea will keep the intestines in a healthy state. Also, it will cure all intestinal problems – piles, flatulence and formation of gas. The stomach will not be bloated
and we will not feel any lethargy. At the same time, the liver will not be stimulated to produce bile juice repeatedly, causing it to overwork.
Will Adding Sugar or Milk Eliminate Health Benefits?
Sugar, sweeteners, milk and lemon do not appear to have any effect on the antioxidant levels of tea.
Should One Avoid Adding Sugar in Tea?
Other than in cases of diabetes, nothing has been proven against adding sugar to tea according to one’s taste. Sugar in tea will however neutralize many of green tea’s benefits. But if you are on a diet avoid putting any sugar in tea or coffee. Sugar is about 16 calories per spoon (16Kcal), and generally doesn’t make you fat.
Tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavor of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.
Some people would answer that they don’t like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.
Tea is drunk plain, without milk, sugar or lemon. Should you wish to sweeten your tea, use sugar that will not alter the taste of tea. It is perfectly acceptable to add a drop of cold milk to strong black tea. Lemon, however, changes the nature of tea.
Adding milk and sugar is a matter of personal taste. People take their tea in all kinds of ways, and tea’s broad variety of flavors and strengths can be customized to each person’s palate.
Some believe sugar affects the taste of tea because it numbs the taste buds. Others like their tea sweetened. We have found that some of our blends take on additional flavor nuances with a bit of sugar added.
Drinking Green Tea with Sugar Lessen the Nutrients We Get?
No, you will get a few more calories, the sugar will not destroy the nutrients in green tea. Some people drink green tea to help with weight loss; the research here is sketchy.
You might try a little honey or maple syrup in your tea if you must have sweetener. Both have some calcium and traces of other minerals.
Age and air will lessen the nutrients in green tea. Do not buy in humongous quantities. Keep the tea in a sealed container. Store in a cool place.
Tea is a nice healthy natural drink so why load it up with empty calories. While I’ll admit that it takes a bit to get used to taking tea straight once you get used to it you don’t want to go back as you’ll be able to taste the more subtle flavors of various teas that sugar blocks. Tea tastes so nasty without the sugar and the milk.
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Fruit tea - one word describes it - DELICIOUS and HEALTHY.
Fruit tea comprised of browned shredded quince which has been oven-dried, dry-grilled until brown, and stored ready to steep in boiling water.