Before becoming one of the most popular beverage as we know today, Chinese Tea was discovered and used as medicine by our ancestors. Since it has been around for more than a thousand years, some people especially Chinese made tea as a part of their culture.
In The Beginning
Around 771 BC – 476 BC the Chinese tea is used for medicinal purposes.
This period also known as the “Spring and Autumn Period”, it is where Chinese people first enjoyed the juice extracted from the tea leaves that they chewed.
As Food & Beverage
After being used as a medicine, ancient Chinese books wrote that the Chinese Tea was being mixed with food and other spices, then cooked and eaten together with a soup.
Around 221BC – 8AD (Qin/Han Dynasty), there is a simple tea processing that has been introduced.
This process involves, tea leaves being pressed in a ball-like shape, then being dried and stored afterwards.
Upon serving, these tea balls where being crushed, it will be boiled into a teapot along with ginger, green onion and other seasoning.
At this period of time, Chinese tea which is used for medicinal purposes only evolve into a drink that is being used to serve guests.