On the last day of the fifth month was sick Golden Emperor Shen Nong, and sadness enveloped the whole Celestial. Even the birds were silent in the palace park, and the dew on buds seemed tears. The Emperor was lying on a white jade bed under a nine-veil, and nothing could help him. No blanket of wool wild black cat, or pounded into a powder magic pearl, or even a song of recovery, small voice that sang, accompanying herself on the harp, the youngest, not yet touched by a concubine. In desperation, she had wanted to take his own life, when suddenly a gust of wind threw the yard in her hands dry branch with three leaves.
That is, according to one legend, there was a phenomenon called tea, uniting Heaven, Earth and Man. Heaven - the climatic conditions, land - fertile soil, man - a master of preparation divine drink. Tea for the Chinese - is the same as the wine for the Europeans. The same source of inspiration and romance, stunning game with the most subtle shades of color, taste, aroma. In Europe, it brought the Dutch and the Portuguese in the late XVI Art. Therefore, we must finally understand what a real tea.
At first taken out of the brackets all those tea bags, no matter what company they are not delivered - to the primary concept of "tea", they are not related. Although for the sake of truth it should be said that 85% of the world's tea is brewed in tea bags. For staples - all so-called herbal teas, made from seeds, flowers, leaves and roots of the plants - they do not have tea.
Finally something that belongs to the traditional Chinese medicine and is considered to be a medicine - healing tea-based beverages: banana, with the fruits of lotus flowers of yellow chrysanthemums, peanuts and ginger, honey and prunes with roasted rice, with dried shrimp and mushrooms, sesame seeds, with green onions, white radish, vinegar - the list is far from complete.
And the most famous - "elixir of longevity" or "Eight Treasures": two flowers of white chrysanthemums, one small piece of orange peel, dried apple, ginseng, hard sugar, one little thing raisins, medlar, red dates, the mysterious Chinese fruit longan. This super-tonic not only extend life, but also saves you from radiation. But be careful - it is allowed to drink only twice a month, and you need upotreblint years.