According to India's Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India and the United States have a long history with tea and appreciate their mutual fondness for the fragrant beverage. Sandhu spoke on the importance of tea to Indians and its connection to the American Revolution during an event devoted to tea enthusiasts held at the Indian Embassy here on Tuesday.
"Tea has a lengthy history in India and the United States. After all, the Boston Tea Party, which launched the American Revolution, was organised to protest tea taxes in colonial America! Tea is also inextricably related to the East India Company and our own quest for independence "Sandhu said.
To welcome the winter season, the Indian Embassy, in collaboration with Janam Tea, hosted an enlightening talk about the fascinating flavours and forms of Indian tea during the event. Amy Dubin-Nath of Janam Tea, which specialises in single-estate teas from India, moderated the discussion. "Today, we cherish our shared love of tea, as well as a healthy rivalry with coffee! A lot can happen not only over coffee, but also over tea! By the way, in India, we consume 15 times more tea than coffee "Sandhu stated during his remarks.
Many of you are already familiar with Indian Tea from the classic Masala Chai, he said the tea enthusiasts. Dubin-Nath described many types of Indian tea from various locations of India in her presentation. "There are over 20 varieties of Indian tea in India, some of which have a distinct reputation for their flavours and aroma, such as Darjeeling, Nilgiris, and Assam. India is now the world's second-largest producer of tea and the second-largest exporter of tea to the United States. Without a doubt, we hope to be the top exporter soon "Sandhu stated.
In addition to numerous types of tea, visitors at the event were offered Indian munchies such as millet pakora and ragi halwa. "As some of you may be aware, the United Nations has designated 2023 as the International Year of Millets. India had sponsored the resolution in the United Nations, which had received widespread support from other member countries. Millets have significant health benefits and can be considered superfoods in some ways "Sandhu informed the audience.