India’s favourite beverage which has captured our taste buds through years and years now. Yes…we are talking about Tea, the highest consumed beverage in India, and not surprisingly we are also the second largest producer of tea in the world. Since winters are here once again, what could be more comforting than a cup of hot tea with its magical aroma all in the air, so quickly grab a cup and know a little more about your all time love.
Tea counts to be the second most consumed beverage in the world, with over 3000 varieties grown worldwide, though, every kind of tea is produced from one basic plant called Camellia Sinensis. But, even the teas within the same sub category can taste differently based on the region they were cultivated, the time of the year when it was plucked, and how it was processed.
So let us have quick glance at the most popular tea varieties in India.
1. Darjeeling tea –
It is the most famous Indian variety, and is sold at high price because of its quality and aroma. Darjeeling tea is exquisite and considered to be one of the finest teas in the world.
Health value- Prevents gastric ulcers, prevents obesity and keeps a check on dental health.
2. Assam tea –
The Assam tea is known for its brisky colour and strong malty taste. It is more commonly known and sold as breakfast tea worldwide.
Health value- Its regular consumption increases mental alertness, prevents various types of cancer, maintains cardiovascular health and decreases the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
3. Nilgiri tea –
It is grown on the elevations of Nilgiris, so it is also known as the Blue mountain tea. Nilgiri tea is known for its golden yellow colour and has exceptional flavour and fragrance providing a creamy taste in the mouth.
Health value- It lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of heart problems and stroke.
4. Kangra tea –
It is grown in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, and thus named so. It has history more than 150 years old. Due the geographical elements of Kangra, the tea is distinct in colour and flavour.
Health value- It is virtually a calorie free drink. It has loads of antioxidants and nutrients, with powerful effects on human body. It boosts memory, metabolism and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.
5. Masala chai/ Indian tea-
It goes with some popular Indian spices like Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, cloves and some other spices. You can have it with milk or without milk based on your preference. Just boil one or more of these spices with milk, sugar and tea leaves or grains (that is easily available in the market with different brand names), and the final product will be a delicious hot cup of flavour and aroma that can soothe your senses.
Health value-The common spices like cardamom, ginger and cinnamon are rich in antioxidants and thus prevents cold, relieves PMS, boosts metabolism, reduces bloating, etc.
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