Tea Profile

After water, tea is the world's most widely consumed beverage. Tea originated in Asia, in the Himalayas where India and China meet. It has been drunk for more than 2000 years, and before that, the leaves were chewed. Cakes were formed of tea leaves and fat, and carried as sustenance on long journeys. This FAQ covers the basic questions about tea. What is tea?All tea plants are varietals of the species known as Camellia sinensis, an evergreen of tropical and subtropical climates. The … [Read more...]

Chocolate Profile

cacao

Who knew such a luscious flavor would also be a stimulating food? Ancient peoples of the Americas did. Cacao, cocoa, and chocolate are different terms, but all come from the same tree. The word cocoa is an Anglicized version of cacao, and the word "chocolate" has roots in native languages of the Americas. What is chocolate? Chocolate is obtained from the cacao tree, a tropical evergreen known as Theobroma cacao (which translates from Greek as "food of the gods"). Each large cacao pod … [Read more...]