Turkish black tea is Turkey’s most popular beverage in the country. One can drink it with sugar or straight. It has a smokey flavor and wood-fire-like aroma. There is a Turkish idiom that says good tea looks like Tavsan kana (rabbit’s blood). It is served with breakfast, lunch, dinner and what’s in between.
According to Republic of Turkey Turkish Economy, Turkey does not produce tea with agricultural pesticides, additives or chemicals, and it contains the least amounts of caffeine compared to other black teas. In 2016 Turkey produced 1.3 million tons of green tea.
According to International Journal of Agriculture & Biology, tea’s original home is located to the southeast of Tibetan plateau that includes See-Chuan, YuNan, Asam, and many others located In North East India.
In its early years, the tea produced in Turkey was not very tasteful and poor quality. Local agricultural authorities lacked the skill to solve these problems, so they hired foreign experts. The farmers learned that they should pluck the tea from actively growing buds containing two leaves and an unopened bud to have a high yield and great quality.
According to Medical News Today, Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Black tea starts out green, then turns black due to oxidation (when the tea leaves are exposed to air for long periods of time). It contains Flavonoids – a type of antioxidant that is known for regulating a healthy blood pressure.
Tea Association of the U.S.A. inc. reported that 158 million Americans drink tea on a daily basis. In 2016, Americans consumed 84 billion serving of tea and 80 percent of the tea consumed was black tea.
One can find Turkish black tea or other brands of black tea all across the United States. My favorite place to buy black tea Locally in Milwaukee is chain stores like Shop n’ Save, international markets like Holy land Grocery or Attari’s Supermarket.
Whether you drink green or black tea, make sure to not drink alone!
If you could drink tea with anyone in the world, who would it be? Leave a comment below!