Make tea, not war.

Make tea, not war. ~ Monty Python

Did you know that tea is the second-most-consumed beverage in the world, behind water? I would've lost money on that, thinking it was coffee, even though I'm personally a huge tea drinker. No surprise there, as tea and meditation go together like macaroni and cheese.

Anyway, I recently discovered some interesting facts about tea that I did not know: like how the citizens of the United Arab Emirates are the biggest consumers of tea, most of which is grown in China (the US ranks 69th).

Or how all tea (with the exception of herbal tea) is made from the same Camellia sinensis plant (!) but they undergo different processes to distinguish them as a black, oolong or green tea--green is the only variety not processed (which is probably why it's viewed as the healthiest).

And finally, that Tea was accidentally discovered in 2737 B.C. when some dry tea leaves fell into a cup of boiled water that was being served to the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung. Imagine that: the first guy on the planet to have tea drank it by accident.

Light Watkins