VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Fancy a cuppa tea? You picked the right day for it. Today is the very first International Tea Day.
Shabnam Weber, president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, says it’s actually better for you than water.
“Ninety-nine per cent of what you’re drinking essentially is water, so it’s immensely hydrating,” she says. “And then, on top of that, you get all the vitamins and minerals that are inherent in tea inside of that water.”
Weber says some 8.2 billion cups of tea are consumed around the world on a daily basis. Not surprising, considering our deep British roots, we Canadians drink more than our American friends.
“Per capita, we actually consume a little bit more tea than the United States does. What’s also quite interesting is that we enjoy our tea hot, whereas they tend to enjoy the majority of their teas cold.”
Weber hopes you’ll stop and think about the countless people around the world who depend upon tea for their livelihoods, “from the pluckers to the farmers, to the factory workers, to packers and auctioneers…so tens of millions is really the best number that we could come up with.”
International Tea Day is observed every year on May 21, according to the UN. The resolution was adopted on Dec. 21, 2019 and calls on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to lead the observance of the day.