Ten Things to Avoid with Tea
The famous Chinese ruler Chen-Hung is believed to be the discoverer of tea. In China, they used to boil water and add scents to it. The legend says: “One fine day when Chen-Hung was sitting in his fairy garden near the palace, some leaves from one of the bushes fell into the ruler’s cup. As if it was magic, the water was colored into auburn. When the ruler tried the drink, he was pleasantly surprised by its excellent taste and astringent effect. That unknown bush turned out to be a tea-plant.”
However, not everyone knows how to prepare and use this divine drink. Here are some basic rules.
Prohibition 1 – do not drink tea when your stomach is empty. If you do, the tea may cool your spleen and stomach; as if “the wolf gets into the house.” In China it has also been recommended “not to drink tea with your heart being empty.”
Prohibition 2 – do not drink scalding tea. Extremely hot tea irritates the throat, gullet and stomach. Prolonged use of hot tea may lead to unhealthy changes in these organs. Foreign investigations state: frequent consumption of hot tea (higher than 62 C) leads to increased vulnerability of stomach tissue and results in stomach disease. The temperature of tea shouldn’t be more than 56 C.
Prohibition 3 – do not drink cold tea. Cold tea causes an accumulation of phlegm.
Prohibition 4 – do not drink exceptionally strong tea. High caffeine content and tannins in strong tea may cause headaches and insomnia.
Prohibition 5 – do not boil tea for too long. If you boil tea for too long, tea polyphenyles and essential oils begin to oxidize spontaneously -- which doesn’t only decrease the tea clarity and aroma, but also reduces the nutritive value. If tea has been stewing in warm water for too long, the quantity of microorganisms (bacterium and fungi) greatly increases.
Prohibition 6 – do not boil tea too many times. Usually there is little left in tea leaves after the third or fourth boiling. Experiments have proven that the first boiling extracts 50 percent of the health-giving substances. The second provides 30 percent, the third provides 10 percent, and the forth boil adds only 1-3 percent. If you continue to boil tea further, then harmful substances fill the liquid since these very elements ooze out in the last moment.
Prohibition 7 – never drink tea before having a meal. A lot of tea before a meal leads to saliva softening, and as a result food seems to be tasteless. It also temporary decreases the assimilation of protein by the digestive organs. Consequently, try to have tea 20-30 minutes before enjoying a meal.
Prohibition 8 - never drink tea immediately after having eaten a meal. It slows down digestion and upsets the functioning of all digestive organs. Consequently, it’s better to wait 20-30 minutes after a meal.
Prohibition 9 – never wash down medicine with tea. Tannin agents that are contained in tea split, forming tannin -- under the influence of which a lot of medicines don’t work properly. That’s why the Chinese say that tea destroys medicines.
Prohibition 10 – never drink tea that was made the day before. Tea does not just lose vitamins, but also becomes a wonderful environment for bacteria. But if tea hasn’t gone bad, you are quite welcome to use it for medical purposes; however, in this case use it only outwardly. Tea that has sat for 24 hours is rich in acids and fluorine that prevent the capillaries from bleeding. That is why day-old tea helps to cure inflammation of the oral cavity, tongue pain, eczemas, bleeding gums, outward skin injuries and ulcers. Cleansing your eyes with tea helps to decrease unpleasant sensations after crying and when blood vessels appear in the whites. In the morning you can also rinse your mouth with tea before brushing your teeth, it will leave a fresh sensation and strengthen your teeth.
There are 10 unknown facts about planting and eating bananas.
Fry with salt and pepper and serve hot with spicy meat. What do you think we are talking about? Unbelievably, it is about bananas.
- In India.
Who hasn’t slipped after having stepped on a banana peel? In India, they use this unpleasant quality of a banana to ease ships launching. For this purpose, they spread mashed bananas on the surface of a slip.
- Bananas are used for cosmetics manufacturing.
The fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent used to buy several hundred tons of bananas annually for the production of masks, creams and lotions.
- Bananas are almost one-and-one-half times more nutritious than potatoes, and dried bananas contain five times more calories than cheese does. In a single banana there are up to 300 mg of potassium, which helps to cure high blood pressure and strengthen the heart. Each of us needs to get at least 3 or 4 g of potassium per day.
- The method of harvesting bananas is also worth paying attention to.
The process in question requires two people. One of them knocks a bunch of bananas down from the tree with a help of a long pole while the other stands underneath, bending, with his back ready for the falling bananas. He collects and warehouses them.
- Where do bananas grow?
The first idea that comes into our minds is that bananas grow on a tree. This, however, is not true. Bananas are a kind of grass which just disguises itself as a palm tree. The stalk height of banana grass sometimes mounts up to 10 meters and its diameter reaches about 40 centimeters. About 300 fruits with a total weight of 500 kg hang from each stalk.
On average, a banana needs from 75 to 150 days to be ready for harvest, and bananas are always harvested unripe. The purpose is not to prevent them from going bad while transporting them; it’s just that bananas become tasty and useful only if they ripen under artificial conditions.
- Bananas are not always yellow, they can be red too.
Red bananas have a softer pulp and that’s why they cannot survive transportation. One of the Seychelles islands, Mao, is the only place in the world where gold, red and black bananas grow. Of course, local residents enjoy them to the fullest: it’s a side dish that is served with lobsters and shellfish.
- They manufacture a banana beer in Uganda.
It might sound surprising, but it’s actually very pleasant with a 28 percent level of alcohol.
- Eating bananas raw is not the only way to enjoy them. They deep fry bananas in the Republic of Cuba, and you can try banana rice with pepper and parsley in Venezuela. Africans add bananas to all dishes -– omelets, porridge and even tomato soup.
- In Egypt they believed in the healing power of bananas, whereas in Asia bananas were considered to be sacred. Some Indian pagodas still construct their roofs in the form of a banana.
- Apart from the oblong and arched bananas we are accustomed to, there are more than 40 varieties of this fruit. Some of them look like the usual bananas only because of their color. They can be small and absolutely straight, or they can be totally round like a melon. Ancient Egyptians grew all knows kinds of bananas, and in the Thebes they left banana cultivation instructions on the walls for their descendants’ edification.
Some facts from ice cream history.
- The most amusing sort of ice cream.
In 1919, Christian Nelson developed a recipe of ice cream glazed with chocolate. It was called an “Eskimo’s pie.” Nelson carried his product from one town to another and showed films about Eskimos at the same time. In the end the word “pie” was dropped out and the ice cream on a small wooden stick became known simply as Eskimo.
- The first patent for ice cream production.
Just imagine that the first patent for ice cream production was issued in Russia together with a patent for the first freezing machine. But to tell you the truth, since the inventor had too little money, ice cream had to be manufactured in a primitive way for a long time.
- The person who suffered most of all because of ice cream.
Ice cream was indeed the very thing that Ekaterina II used to attract her husband Peter III: during the revolution she would treat him to ice cream with liquor, fruit jelly, chocolate, or nuts and waffles.
- Ice cream was loved by many great people: Napoleon, for example, while being in exile on St. Helen’s Island was provided with an ice cream manufacturing device. But it was Maria Medici’s son who loved ice cream most of all. He consumed huge quantities of ice cream of all types and in all seasons.
- The first ice cream cafe.
The first ice cream café opened in Hamburg in August of 1799. Alongside plenty of refreshing beverages, they also offered ice cream. The most interesting thing about it is that the café still exists and still welcomes visitors.
- Only 100 years later the first cook book, which contained different ice cream recipes, was published in Vienna. One of the copies of the book has been kept safe, and in it there are a large number of recipes. At that time it was considered to be really serious: ice cream cook books were believed to be serious scientific works, and they even contained theological and philosophical explanations of such phenomenon as water freezing.
- The first city in which year-round ice cream production began was Paris. In 1676, 250 Paris confectioners united into a corporation of ice creamers.
- It was the famous traveler, Marco Polo, that taught Europe about the frozen dessert in the 14th century. A Mongolian khan presented Polo with the recipe, which immediately became one of the most exquisite dishes on the menu of Italian elite.
The ice cream recipes were kept secret for a long time, and the court chefs vowed silence about everything connected with ice cream
- At the time of Alexander Macedonian, during long sieges, they obtained huge quantities of snow from mountaintops in which they would freeze berries and water. To avoid the melting of the snow, they would arrange relay races.
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