“Liang Chen and Ji-Qiang Jin of the Tea Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences think they have found just such a plant growing wild in a remote area in Fujian province, southern China. As they report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, not only is the tea plant naturally caffeine-free but it also contains a number of unique medicinal compounds that, the locals believe, offer considerable health benefits.”
If the tea bush were a Christmas tree, pickers would only take leaves from the bough where the star is placed, the very tip, and perhaps a few of the branches with ornaments on them. Sarah Rose “For all the tea in China: Espionage, empire and the secret formula for the world’s favourite drink”
Tea is an addiction, but an addiction different from all others. It is milder, a habit relatively easily broken. It is more universal. Most unusually, it is good for the addict. And it is largely unnoticed both to those addicted and others. Indeed, the conquest of the world by tea has been so successfull that we have forgotten that it has happened at all. Tea has become like water or air, something that many of us take for granted. Alan Macfarlane, “The empire of tea”
Ah i dolci al matcha… long time no see! Dopo il goloso successo estivo dei Matcha Greenies ecco a voi una altrettanto ghiotta new entry autunnale, perfetta per accompagnare il vostro tè anche in ufficio.