International Tea Day on May 21 for the second most popular beverage in the world

May 21st was declared International Tea Day by the United Nations.

Tea is a beverage made from the Camellia sinesis plant. After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Tea is believed to have originated in north-east India, northern Myanmar and south-west China, but the exact place where the plant first grew is not known.

International Tea Day
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Tea production and processing is the main source of livelihood for millions of families in developing countries and the main means of subsistence for millions of poor families.

International Tea Day aims to encourage collective action to promote the sustainable production and consumption of tea and to raise awareness of its importance in the fight against hunger and poverty.

Tea production is very sensitive to changes in growing conditions. Tea can only be grown under narrowly defined agro-ecological conditions and therefore in a very limited number of countries, many of which will be severely affected by climate change.

The consumption of tea can have a positive effect on health and well-being, as the drink can have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and weight-reducing effects.

Take advantage of the international day of tea and relax with a cup of green or black tea. Herbal and fruit teas, on the other hand, are not strictly speaking teas, but tea-like products (please see our article here: Fruit tea and herbal tea are not teas )