Tea, as we know it, is a brew made from tender, aromatic, refreshing tea leaves of a bush plant, gathered from the world’s enormous tea gardens. People enjoy tea in various forms, whether it is a masala tea or black tea, ice tea or herbal green tea. But there are pockets of this planet where tea is not just a beverage but a cup full of health and nature. One such land is Korea where meaning of tea is a bit different.[quote]”Korean teas are originally tisanes which are prepared from fruits, flowers, leaves, grains and roots of various herbal plants, by pouring hot water over them.” [/quote]
Korean citron tea is one of these versions, which has originated from this land, but loved worldwide.
Korean citron tea is gaining popularity as one of the most popular beverages around the globe. The popularity lies in the taste and health benefits that the citron fruit provides which is the main substance of this tea. This healthy and tasty beverage has a history following it, though the history is not very glorifying, but is worth knowing.
The citron tea tree in Korea was a result of an accident. Earlier, citron was known as Yuja. A man was carrying huge shipments of Yuja from China to Korea. On his way, the boat was hit by a sudden storm. As a result Yuja got crushed and only a certain amount of seeds went into the bottom of the man’s coat. The man went all the way wearing the same coat and later the existence of Yuja tree was noticed.
The Yuja tree leaves earlier were boiled as it is and were consumed to serve the common cold. Later, people started preserving the Yuja leaves in sugar or honey. This provided Yuja leave with great flavors. This was also done to suppress the otherwise sour and bitter flavor of Yuja itself. The Yuja leaves in sugar/honey, now known as citron tea turned out to be a good beverage.
Citron tea looks somewhat like jam and can be preserved for up to 2 years. A spoonful of citron tea in the water serves as a great drink. As the time passed on, people came up with many other flavors to enhance citron tea. The Korean believe that the tea not only helps the common cold but is good for stomach related problems as well. The natural source of vitamin C also helps in soothing the inflammation and headaches.
Now, there a many types of citron trees found in Asia. The leaves of citron are commonly used, but the rind of citron can also
be consumed for making drinks. Citron tea is said to be tea but its appearance is more like marmalade. The tea itself is not very runny but very syrupy. Some amazing flavors enhance the tea such as lime, orange and honey, however, the original flavored citron tea remains the most popular amongst all.
The emergence of citron in Korea was surely an accident but its development and enhancement was a work of some grateful hands. It has paved its road from history to the present world and today it is exported to some of the foremost countries including the United Stated, India, U.K and many more. Also it holds a major portion of export of citron in the world. Citron tea is one of the most common and popular drink of Korea. Almost all the grocery stores and restaurants keep it on their menu. This healthy and tasty drink happened by an accident proving one again, some accidents aren’t so bad!