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TEA IN TANG DYNASTY , CHINA

 

A list of the differing grades of tea grown in the Tang Dynasty:

Tea dates back to the Western Zhou Period of ancient China, when the Chinese used tea as a ritual offering. Since then, tea leaves have been eaten as a vegetable, used as medicine, and, from the time of the Han Dynasty, infused in boiling water, the new drink making tea into a major commodity.

teadietary Duong dynasty and tea

Production of tea became a state monopoly during the Tang Dynasty with the market strictly controlled and penalties imposed for illegal dealing in the commodity.

 (Source: Internet)