To create tea, one has to acquire leave.s However, they can’t be any kind of leaves; they have to be tea leaves. After obtaining the tea leaves or the tea bags, the individual must put them in boiling hot – not freezing cold – water. But, hot tea isn’t the only kind of tea that exists. There is another kind that’s a favorite back home in Texas: Good ole iced tea. I believe it’s made in the same manner as regular tea except there’s the addition of ice involve.d My mother would almost always order it whenever we ate out at restaurants and ask for lemons with that particular beverage; that is, if sweet tea wasn’t available. But it wasn’t just she who liked it. A few friends from high school also really enjoyed iced tea and they’re probably sipping a glass of it right now, assuming the temperature in Texas is above 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to them, I’ve also discovered there are multiple types of tea, ranging from jasmine to green to raspberry. How can I possibly choose a favorite?
Wait. Why am I asking myself that when I don’t even like tea?
Yes, it’s true. In this tea-loving United States of America, I am part of the minority – so it seems – who does not like the substance very much. Have I tried it? Yes. Multiple times. But I just never got on board with this mass liking for tea that has occurred in the last couple of years. Yet, so many of my friends and especially my mother and sister have. So I’ve always wondered: why is tea relevant to our culture besides the health benefits? When did we transition from dumping tea into the harbor protesting the British to making it a part of our daily lives?