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By Olivia Sarkar
Alternatively, relax in the warm comfort of Makaibari Bungalow by ama Stays & Trails, which captures the beauty of a tea planter's home. Guests can visit the tea factory to have a hands-on experience of picking, plucking, and processing tea from the plantations to their cups. Head to the Savoy in Ooty or Gateway Coonoor -- both SeleQtions hotels, for a taste of colonial life. The history of these heritage hotels, together with the region's unique and flavorful teas, makes them ideal for a holiday, complete with classic high-teas and sessions with the resident tea expert.
amã Stays & Trails' Tea Estate Bungalows in Munnar provide guests with a choice of seven historic planters' bungalows to experience life on a tea plantation in the past. At the Tata Tea Museum, immerse yourself in the journey and art of producing the region's tea while taking in the beauty and peace of the mist-covered hills.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
The Sri Lankan government said that it will provide free tea plants to any grower who wishes to engage in tea plantation from next year aimed at boosting growth of the sector.
Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana told a media briefing that it takes nearly four years for the tea bushes to produce yield, therefore the growers often become discouraged in engaging with the tea industry, reports Xinhua news agency.
"The growers have come forward to cultivate tea adopting the new system. By adopting this plantation method, it will be possible to make a revolutionary change in the tea industry within the next three years," the Minister said.
He said tea should be grown on a fresh fertile land, tea plants will be provided free of charge and financial assistance will also be provided for land preparation from next year to encourage tea planting.
"We must now turn to new methods. Instead of manual tea plucking, we should focus on tea plucking machines. Many countries in the world adopt such new technologies in tea plantations," Pathirana said.
"We hope to use the barren lands that are not currently used for tea planting when moving towards new plantation methods. Steps will be taken to implement this project from the beginning of next year," he added.
Tea made up 12 per cent of Sri Lanka's export revenue in 2020.
Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for the island nation. It employs, directly or indirectly, over 1 million people.
Keywords: Sri Lanka, Tea, Plantation, Economy, Revenue
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Since the first tea leaf was consumed in China thousands of years ago, people have been aware of the health benefits of drinking tea and how different types of tea can help treat different illnesses. Certain teas are good for fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol, while others aid in weight loss and improving metabolism, treating mental health disorders, preventing migraines, and improving sleep patterns. Ekta Jain, CMO, Octavius Tea, shares the benefits to our physical and mental health of specific types of tea leaves:
Black Leaf Teas
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day by giving you the necessary amount of energy. Black Tea is produced as a labour of love, with days of intense plucking, sieving, and withering in order to preserve complex flavonoids and powerful antioxidants like catechins. These leaves contain more tannins than any other type of tea which soothes stomach aches and other bowel-related problems.
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day. | Photo by Oleg Guijinsky on Unsplash
Green Leaf Teas
Much like Black Tea, Green Tea is also harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is prepared differently by first steaming, then pan-frying and drying the leaves. The biggest benefit of opting for Green Tea over other tea leaves is that it's an extreme immunity-booster due to its high flavonoid components and minimal processing which preserves all the nutrients.
As a byproduct of its immunity-boosting trait, Green Tea is a great booster for the metabolism which is why it serves as a necessary addition to your diet. Combined with an exercise regimen, Green Tea can be an excellent weight-loss tool. Though it works best before exercise, it can be consumed anytime. In addition to its focus-enhancing features, it also provides excellent oral hygiene benefits due to its catechin content. As an adaptable beverage, green tea blends well with many different flavours such as lavender, citrus, chamomile, rose, and many others.
Much like Black Tea, Green Tea is also harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is prepared differently by first steaming, then pan-frying and drying the leaves. | Photo by Rashid on Unsplash
White Leaf Tea
Minimally processed and low on caffeine, White Leaf Tea contains a lot of rich antioxidants which means it is great for boosting immunity. White Tea is very delicate and sweet-tasting because it is made with carefully handpicked silver buds and young leaves that offer a mild flavour. Because it is the least processed tea out of all, it can preserve almost all its nutrients and catechins, which prevent many chronic health issues, reduce inflammation and regulate your digestive system. Dieticians and fitness experts recommend White Tea a lot as it helps curb sweet cravings and has a low-calorie count making it perfect for a healthy weight loss.
White Tea is very delicate and sweet-tasting because it is made with carefully handpicked silver buds and young leaves that offer a mild flavour. | Photo by Jen P. on Unsplash
Unlike other teas, Herbal Teas are not made using the Camellia Sinensis plant but actually use other leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, spices, fruits, and berries. Most common herbal tea varieties include mint, chamomile, cranberry and ginger. This also means that, unlike other teas, Herbal Teas are completely caffeine-free and filled with a lot of good nutrients. The components used in Herbal Tea like dried roots, leaves and flowers are packed with antioxidants and offer excellent medicinal benefits like regulating digestive systems, managing stress levels and alleviating flu or cold symptoms. They can also be great for skin health and relieving chronic pain as they are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying in nature.
Herbal Teas are completely caffeine-free and filled with a lot of good nutrients. | Photo by Lisa Hobbs on Unsplash
Matcha Green Tea
Made with finely ground young Green Tea leaves, Matcha is very high in antioxidants and offers numerous health benefits for your body and brain. Experts believe that drinking a single cup of Matcha Green Tea is equivalent to the health benefits of drinking ten cups of regular Green Tea. It is great for boosting immunity and metabolism, weight loss and detoxification of the body and mind.
Matcha is very high in antioxidants and offers numerous health benefits for your body and brain. |Photo by Lex Sirikiat on Unsplash
Partial oxidation of tea leaves gives the unique Oolong Tea its fruity and floral taste. It is extremely rich in antioxidants due to the combination of the nutrients of Black and Green Teas. This rare tea also contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which have great health benefits, including boosting metabolism and increasing immunity to illnesses.
Partial oxidation of tea leaves gives the unique Oolong Tea its fruity and floral taste. | Pixabay
One should stay away from supplements or preservatives in "diet" teas, as none of their claims are backed by research. There are many different types of natural tea leaves, so it's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type and choose the one that serves you best. There are many options and benefits to choosing from when it comes to tea leaves, whether you desire a cure for chronic disease, weight loss, or a good-tasting beverage. However, you can never really go wrong with natural tea leaves no matter what variety you choose!
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: tea, tales, antioxidants, antioxidants, herbal, benefits, health, leaves, leaves
Tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. The effortless process and diversity of tea have made it a popular drink across nations. Various ingredients and spices included in tea have the power to boost the immune system, reduce stress and anxiety and even defence against various diseases. In India spices in tea have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and remedial properties. The addition of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, black peppercorns cloves etc. to tea not onlyenhance its taste but also increase the health benefits. These are the common spices that we use from our kitchens on a day-to-day basis and find commonly in all of the tea recipes that we see. However, there are a few spices like Asafoetida and Dandelion roots that are unique and the usage of both the spices are completely matchless for making a perfect tea blend.
The dried fluid collected from the roots of Ferula plants is known as asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida). While the plant is usually native to Afghanistan and Iraq, Asafoetida is widely used in Indian cuisine, where it is dried and powdered into a spice known as 'Hing'. With antibacterial and antifungal properties this ingredient is highly beneficial for everyone. Not just this, asafoetida adds a new level of flavour to the tea with its health-related properties and distinct savoury taste. Some varieties of tea where asafoetida is found are Masala Green tea, Kashmiri Kahwa tea, Kahwa Green tea, Ginger tea, Lemon Hing tea to name a few. From helping in reducing blood pressure to relieving asthma symptoms to aiding in digestion, asafoetida has plenty of health usage.
There are a few spices like Asafoetida and Dandelion roots that are unique and the usage of both the spices are completely matchless for making a perfect tea blend. Photo by Massimo Rinaldi on Unsplash
On the other hand, the Dandelion is a flowering plant family that can be found all over the world. Dandelion is a highly common plant in North America, and most people can identify it just by looking at it. It's a tough plant that thrives in low-light environments where others struggle. Dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots can all be used to make dandelion tea. Some varieties of tea where dandelion roots are found are Dandelion Root Tea, Butterscotch Tea, Lemon Dandelion Tea, Spiced Tea amongst others. Dandelion Roots are rich in nutrients and it helps in liver detoxification in a massive way. A lot of people regard this plant as just another pesky weed that grows in their backyard but this plant is used for its medicinal properties. With its huge host of health advantages and a unique flavour, Dandelion makes another fantastic ingredient for a great tea blend.
(Article originally written by: Harmeet Singh) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Tea, spices, dandelion, lemon, spices, nutrients