According to legend, tea was discovered one day in AD 2737 before our Era by Emperor Shen Nong. After tasting various medicinal plants in the mountain, he sat down to take a nap in the shade of a tea tree and then ate one of the leaves that had fallen close to him. Disrupted by the plants he had ingested earlier, he would have felt better spontaneously, without feeling thirsty and relaxed. Another version reports that three tea leaves have fallen directly into his bowl of hot water.
First considered a therapeutic drink, it was only at the end of the Eastern Han dynasty (circa 220 AD) and at the time of the Three Kingdoms that it began to be consumed daily by pleasure. Tea will start traveling to Europe only from the 17th century, following the famous Silk Road.