Did you know that tea was first cultivated in China over 6000 years ago?
Or, that it was first eaten as a vegetable?
By the time of the Ming Dynasty, China still a held a monopoly on tea and it became one of China's three main exports along with porcelain and silk.
Britain's interest in tea eventually led to a trade in opium.
This short TedEd lesson reviews this history in an engaging way.