Here we are again! As promised, the next few posts will be all about Black Tea, Green Tea, and White Tea. Starting with Black! Black Tea has been around for a while. Around the 17th century, an army passed through the Fujian province of China and decided to take refuge in a tea factory. They interrupted the tea production and, as a result, the leaves were left in the sun longer than normal, which caused them to oxidize. This new tea quickly became popular, and they decided that smoking the leaves over pinewood would accelerate the drying time. Thus, Black Tea was born. Now, Black Tea is everywhere. It is widely popular and used in a variety of ways, including most pre-made drinks at gas stations and grocery stores. As you can see, we drink a lot of Black Tea. So, the big question is this: it is good for us? Thankfully, that answer is YES! Black Tea contains vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and caffeine. It's no wonder, then, that the benefits include things like: There are more benefits to Black Tea, but I believe this list is enough to get you started. If you don't like the taste of Black Tea, there are many ways you can enhance its flavor. For example, you can add some: Now that you know a little more about our friend Black Tea, you can enjoy it all the more! I do have to warn you, though, that drinking more than five cups a day may give you higher acidity in your stomach. It may also give you caffeine headaches. No other side effects have been noticed. Now you can rest easy knowing that the tea you order at restaurants is usually made with Black Tea and can be healthy for you! Well, if you get it without all the sugar, that is. To learn more about the benefits of Black Tea, visit: Organic Facts, Teabox, School of Tea, Art of Tea, The Tea Spot, and The Tea Talk. The photo is my own.