- Tea dates back to the Ramayana ages in India and that’s nearly 2000 years ago
- 3000 varieties, 0gram of fat and the most widely consumed drink in the world after water
- India is also the world’s second largest exporter of tea
“Mere liye bhi ek chai chotu!”- a line indigenous to almost all people of India. Tea is India’s one of the most loved brewed beverage, something that includes a group of friends under the ‘chhat’ during rains sipping some ‘adrak wali’ cutting chai. It’s a cup of heavenly goodness that you share with your friends, family and partners on a cold winter morning to take the edge off. In short, one cannot get enough of Tea for the flavours and the benefits that it brings with it. Tea, now the world’s second most popular beverage is loved by India’s from the core of their heart.
Let’s look at the list of India’s top favorite teas:
Masala tea is very dear to Indians, due to the rich flavour of spices. It consists of 6 different additions to the regular tea namely: elaichi, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and herbs. Have a sip of this when it’s piping hot and you’ll forget all the worldly worries. Brewing black tea with the list of Indian spices above makes a good cup of Masala tea. Wagh Bakri Premix, Tetley Masala, and Society Masala teas are the one’s that get off the racks really fast.
Health Benefits: Prevents body inflammation and fatigue
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- Butter Tea
This tea is also called gur-gur and is the most common drink in Ladakh. The favorite of the Himalayan nomads, this drink contains an enormous amount of calories. It’s prepared by adding butter, water, salt and tea leaves. People inhabiting the Himalayan regions are known to drink 40 cups of these per day!
Health Benefits: It has an insane amount of fat but is good for people who live in high altitudes, it’s the fat that keeps one warm. Adding to that, it also helps prevent chapped lips due to the buttery greasiness.
3. Assam Tea
Assam tea is also known as ‘Breakfast tea’, it’s named after its region of production, Assam in India. Assam tea is a black tea and is manufactured from a plant called Camellia sinensis var. The cultivation and production are so exclusive that they have their own time zones called the ‘Tea Garden Time’ which is one hour ahead of the IST.
Health Benefits: Can help prevent certain cancers such as ovarian cancer and lung cancer. It has antioxidants that can lower your blood pressure.
4. Darjeeling Tea
Black, green, oolong, and white are some of the many varieties of this world famous tea. It’s a tea from West Bengal in India and is also known as ‘muscatel’ due to its spiciness.
Health Benefits: It can almost be assumed as a prescribed medicine for gastric ulcers. This one also prevents obesity as well.
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5. Nilgiri Tea
Nilgiri tea is as popular as the Darjeeling and Assam tea. It’s a tea extensively grown in the Western Ghats. Also known as the blue mountain tea, it makes a great iced tea.
Health Benefits : It helps reduce weight and fight diabetes.
-by Karishma Vanjani, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @BladesnBoots