Black tea is a rich, full-bodied flavoured tea and is one of the most widely consumed teas in the world. Over ninety percent of all tea sold in the West is black tea (or red tea, as it is known in the East). It is prepared from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub.
Black Tea originates from the same plant as green tea. However, the leaves are dried and fermented to give that caffeine kick.The best way to drink black tea is with hot water. Yep, if you like adding tons of sugar and milk, you are missing out on the benefits that this beverage offers.
Various studies have shown that black tea has a group of antioxidants that are good for your health. The tea also contains flavonoids which increase longevity and helps in weight management. If these are not enough to convince you to switch to black tea. Consider this: Black tea is great at decreasing the bad cholesterol called LDL.
Black tea is highly versatile and can be consumed with various additions. You can replace the sugar with honey for a healthy alternative. With the addition of ginger, cardamom and lemongrass you can even make the Indian chai variant that is great for sore throat and cold winter days!
Ideal food pairing: Black tea pairs well with bold and spicy flavors. So if you are planning on having hot curries or meats, black tea would be the drink to wash it down.