Fortune Tea – The Secret History of Tea
The recipe for fortune tea was a secret that was tightly guarded by the government. While the tea has been around for thousands of years, few people still know how to make it. It’s believed that Western science will eventually uncover the recipe. Despite its long history, tea is still a very processed product.
Though the history of tea is tangled with myths, it can be traced back to the mythical emperor Shennong, who is said to have invented Chinese medicine and farming. According to legend, he was reclining under the leafy shade of a camellia tree when a shiny leaf fell into a mug of boiled water. The thin, feathery leaf quickly turned into a light green liquor. As the story goes, the mythical emperor had a deep knowledge of plant medicine and could recognize seventy poisonous plants in a day hike.