The story of tea began in ancient China over 5,000 years ago Shen Nong, an early emperor, was a skilled ruler, creative scientist and patron of the arts. His far-sighted edicts required, among other things, that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution. One summer day, while visiting a distant region of his realm, he and the court stopped to rest. In accordance with his ruling, the servants began to boil water for the court to drink. Dried leaves from the nearby bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water. As a scientist, the Emperor was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing. And so, according to legend, tea drinking was born.
It was not until 1670 that English colonists in Boston became aware they could use tea as a beverage and create a whole culture and social event around it, but it was not publicly available for sale until twenty years later. Tea gardens were first opened in New York City. New Yorkers were already ahead of the trend of using tea as a beverage since the city was a former Dutch colony. The new gardens were strategically located around the city's natural springs, which the city fathers equipped with pumps to facilitate the "tea craze." During colonial times tea was even eaten. The leaves were boiled at length and were salted and eaten with butter.
In 1904, trade exhibitors from around the world brought their products to America's first World's Fair. One such merchant was Richard Blechynden, a tea plantation owner. Originally, he had planned to give away free samples of hot tea to visitors at the fair but, when a heat wave hit, no one was interested. In order to save his investment, he dumped a load of ice into the brewed tea and served the first "iced tea." It became one of the biggest hits of the fair. Four years later, Thomas Sullivan of New York developed the concept of "bagged tea." As a tea merchant, he gave restaurant owners carefully wrapped bags of sample tea, samples he hoped they buy. He recognized a natural marketing opportunity when he realized the restaurants were brewing the samples "in the bags" to avoid the mess of tea leaves in the kitchens.
Today, tea is now the second-most consumed beverage in the world after water. United States trade statistics report that 519 million pounds of tea are imported every year. The United States has lagged behind other countries like England and China when it comes to tea consumption but recent discoveries concerning the health benefits of green tea have made it the beverage of choice for many health-conscious Americans.
Recent studies have revealed the healing nature of green tea. From helping with weight management, to lowering bad cholesterol levels, discovering the myriad of green tea's benefits has just begun. In addition to its potential anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant effects, other studies have shown green tea to have anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Black teas and green teas both contain similar amount of flavonoids however, they differ in their chemical structure. Green teas contain more of the simple flavonoids called catechins, while the oxidization that causes the leaves to change from green to black tea converts these simple flavonoids to the more complex varieties called theaflavins and thearubigins.
Unfortunately, the accessibility of green tea isn't always convenient and many of the current bottled options are loaded with sugar and preservatives or contain very little actual green tea. UniquePak Incorporated of Chicago plans to change all that by bringing a revolutionary and easily accessible green tea option to the market called Wuyi (pronounced Woo Yee) Rock Tea. Employing amazing patented tea processing and packaging technology, organically grown Wuyi Rock Tea comes in a concentrated liquid form in convenient aseptically packaged pouches. The tea can be used immediately either in hot or cold water to produce great tasting green tea instantly with no steeping required. This is not your ordinary green tea bag.
An ancient Chinese proverb says good tea comes from great mountains and pure water. The Wuyi Mountains in China have a rich history and rare natural beauty. The Wuyi Mountains are listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a "Global Biosphere Protection Zone." Wuyi Rock Tea is grown in pollution-free, pristine rocky areas in the Wuyi Mountains and harvested by hand. The patented special brewing technique produces a pure, great tasting tea while preserving the antioxidants for your good health. Wuyi Rock Tea provides all of the nutritional benefits associated with green tea in one serving instead of the three to five servings needed with other teas.
Wuyi Rock Tea is available at health food stores, by visiting www.wuyirocktea.com, or by calling 866 - WUYI TEA (989-4832). The tea is available in natural green tea, decaffeinated natural green tea, or decaffeinated peach, raspberry or lemon flavored green tea. Write c/o UniquePak Incorporated. 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1462. Chicago, IL 60611.