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January's Spotlight: Hot Tea

After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world and the United States remains the third largest tea importer in the world. Tea originated in Southwest China during the Shang dynasty, where it was used as a medicinal drink going as far back as 3rd century AD. Modern tea comes from Camellia sinensis, a tree native to China and India. In today’s commercial tea trade there are three main varieties of Camellia sinensis : China, Assam (northeastern India), and Cambodia, each named for the area in which it was first grown commercially. The China variety is a hardy, 3-meter-high bush with a useful lifespan of one hundred years. The Assam and Cambodia varieties are tall single-stem trees with a commercial life of forty years. Typically, tea trees are kept short through frequent trimming for easy plucking (i.e., the picking of tea leaves). Although tea can be grown in a variety of agroclimatic conditions, the best teas are grown at altitudes between 1,000 and 2,000 meters. Besides keeping us warm and cozy, tea offers serious health benefits: to boost exercise endurance, to reduce the risk of heart attack, to protect against many cancers, to help fight free radicals, to prevent and treat neurological diseases.

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