Indian Teas

Written by Seth Cotterell
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India is a truly amazing and unusual country. It is made up of a mix of ethnicities, religious traditions, languages, and social systems. It is the home of Hinduism and also has a huge Muslim population. Western influence has shaped the development of India for the last few centuries as a result of early Portuguese trading and British colonialism. The clash of cultures and values in India makes for a very interesting study.

Diversity of Indian Tea

Despite their religious, linguistic, and social differences, one thing almost all Indians can agree on is their love of tea. It is one of the few things that unites the diverse people of this vast land. Tea is a staple of the diet in India, no matter who you are. It is consumed constantly and has great social significance.

In a country this diverse, you should expect the tea to be diverse too. There is no "Indian tea" but rather an assortment of different flavors in a range of strengths. Tea, no matter what type, comes from a single plant, but different processing techniques result in different tea varieties. Chai, Darjeeling, and Ceylon are some of the most characteristically "Indian" teas.

Indian teas are drunk at different times and often for different ceremonial or social purposes. If you're planning a trip to India soon, consider making a little tea research part of your travel preparations. It will give you a unique insight into the cultures you are visiting and give you yet another way to enjoy the country and its people. Try drinking tea with the locals for a truly authentic experience.

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