Quiz about So You Want to Be a Magical Tea
Quiz about So You Want to Be a Magical Tea

So You Want to Be a Magical Tea Quiz


Black, green, white, red, smoked, herbal, infusion, decoction, tisanes, chai. A tour of the magical world of tea.

A multiple-choice quiz by tiye. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
tiye
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
403,278
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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1. The most well-known smoked tea comes from the Wuyi region in China's Fujian province. Do you know the name? Hint

Keemun
Pu'er
Oolong
Lapsang souchong

2. What is the humble, small, white and yellow, daisy-like flower that produces an aromatic herbal tea with numerous health benefits? Hint

Chamomile
Marigold
Jasmine
Hibiscus

3. Which herb is added to gunpowder tea to make the characteristic Moroccan tea? Hint

Mint
Coriander
Star anise
Marjoram

4. What is the traditional South American caffeine-rich infusion that is drunk from a special container? Hint

Acai
Mate or Yerba mate
Echinachea
Pomegra

5. We boil down water with the hard parts of a plant, like barks, roots, rhizomes and berries, to extract the natural oils and flavors. What is this process called? Hint

concoction
injection
defaction
decoction

6. In Greece, the stigmas and styles of which most expensive flower are used together with orange and honey to produce a distinctive yellow beverage? Hint

crocus
honeysuckle
thyme
violet

7. What is the traditional Japanese tea that comes in a fine green powder? Hint

matcha
sencha
nilgiri
kombucha

8. Rooibos is a popular herbal tea that comes from South Africa. What does rooibos mean in English? Hint

Rose bush
Red bush
Red tea
Bush tea

9. Do we use green tea when making traditional Indian masala chai?

Yes
No

10. The Ancient Tea Horse Road was an elaborate system of roads and caravan paths that spanned from the Indian subcontinent to Laos and Southern China. Was Tibet's capital Lhasa one of the stations of the road?

Yes
No


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The most well-known smoked tea comes from the Wuyi region in China's Fujian province. Do you know the name?

Answer: Lapsang souchong

Lapsang souchong is the most well-known smoked tea. It has a very distinct flavor that is not everybody's "cup-of-tea". Black tea is dried over a pinewood fire that gives it a smoked pine aroma. The commercial name Lapsang souchong means Pinewood souchong tea, souchong being a category of tea leaves, usually the broader ones. Because of its potent flavor and aroma, it is often used in small quantities in tea blends, such as in Russian Caravan or Icelandic Moss blend.
2. What is the humble, small, white and yellow, daisy-like flower that produces an aromatic herbal tea with numerous health benefits?

Answer: Chamomile

Chamomile tea is made with the dried flowers of the chamomile plant which belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants, the same family as daisy, aster and sunflowers. It is not a tea, per se, since it does not contain the plant camellia sinensis, but an infusion, made by steeping the flowers in hot water for a period of time.

The health benefits of the infusion are known for thousands of years. It helps in a variety of medical conditions such as menstrual pains, digestive discomfort, mild infections of the eyes and mouth.

It also lowers the levels of blood sugar and improves sleep quality.
3. Which herb is added to gunpowder tea to make the characteristic Moroccan tea?

Answer: Mint

Moroccan tea is made with gunpowder tea, water, sugar and fresh mint leaves. Gunpowder tea is a green tea whose leaves are rolled and shaped like pellets. Traditional Moroccan tea is ceremonially poured from a height into a glass and not a cup and this creates foam.

The process cools the tea, mixes the ingredients and helps digestion. Moroccan tea can also be called Maghrebi tea since it is consumed in the Greater Maghreb Region of Northern Africa.
4. What is the traditional South American caffeine-rich infusion that is drunk from a special container?

Answer: Mate or Yerba mate

The Guarani and Tupi people used the leaves and stems of yerba mate, a plant of the holly family found in South American rainforests, to make mate, an infusion that became the traditional drink of Latin America. It is made by filling a hollow calabash gourd 3/4 of the way with yerba mate, adding hot water and then using a silver or stainless-steel straw called bombilla to drink the liquid.

It is very bitter, caffeine-rich and it is supposed to boost energy, improve physical performance and help in losing weight.
5. We boil down water with the hard parts of a plant, like barks, roots, rhizomes and berries, to extract the natural oils and flavors. What is this process called?

Answer: decoction

Decoction is a method used to extract the potent chemicals that exist in the harder parts of plants by boiling them in water, sometimes other liquid. Ginger, cinnamon, fennel, elderberries, chicory, turmeric and mushrooms are some of the most well-known plants that their teas are usually made with decoction. For more fragile parts of the plants like flowers and leaves the method of infusion is used, steeping or brewing the parts in hot water or other liquid.

Herbal or botanical infusions are also called tisanes.

A tincture is a decoction where the boiling liquid is alcohol and it is almost exclusively used for medicinal purposes.
6. In Greece, the stigmas and styles of which most expensive flower are used together with orange and honey to produce a distinctive yellow beverage?

Answer: crocus

Crocus is a flower of the Iris family whose stigmas and styles are used to give us saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. The plant is cultivated around the Mediterranean in Southern Europe and Northern Africa. The best variety comes from the homonymous town of Krokos in Northern Greece and it is marketed under the name Krokus Kozanis by the Kozani Cooperative. Among the many crocus products marketed by the Cooperative, like gum, cosmetics, sweets, and spice mixes is an organic herbal blend made with honey, orange and Greek red saffron.

The blend has become very popular because of its aromatic flavor and antioxidant properties.
7. What is the traditional Japanese tea that comes in a fine green powder?

Answer: matcha

Specially grown green tea is used to produce the Japanese matcha tea. It comes in the form of a bright green fine powder and it is made differently from other teas since it is suspended in hot water and consumed with the liquid, not strained. The plants of camellia sinensis are grown under shade and this causes the leaves to become larger and produce more chlorophyll which explains the bright green color.

There are several grades of matcha tea and the highest quality is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
8. Rooibos is a popular herbal tea that comes from South Africa. What does rooibos mean in English?

Answer: Red bush

Rooibos, Afrikaans for "red bush", is a plant found in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa. The leaves are used to produce a fragrant, caffeine-free infusion with many health benefits, especially for the heart, liver and nerves. Like with many other locally grown plants and teas, the global popularity of rooibos in recent years has raised environmental concerns. Mass clearing of lands for the cultivation of rooibos has caused the destruction of wild native flora.
9. Do we use green tea when making traditional Indian masala chai?

Answer: No

Masala Chai (chai being the Hindi word for tea) is a mix of black tea, sugar, herbs and spices boiled in milk and water, the favorite beverage in the Indian subcontinent. The most popular black teas used in making it are Assam or Darjeeling and the spices are usually ginger, pepper, cloves, cardamom, coriander and cinnamon. Chai has gained popularity worldwide and some version of it, often loaded with non-traditional ingredients like flavors and syrups, is offered in major coffee and tea houses all over the world.
10. The Ancient Tea Horse Road was an elaborate system of roads and caravan paths that spanned from the Indian subcontinent to Laos and Southern China. Was Tibet's capital Lhasa one of the stations of the road?

Answer: Yes

Also called The Southern Silk Road, the Ancient Tea Horse Road was used for the exchange of a variety of commodities between countries and ethnicities since the early 700s. Lhasa was a very important station of the road since Tibetans traded horses and silver for tea, and that's how the road took its name.From Lhasa the route forked towards Persia and Nepal.

Other exchanges along the road were salt for tea, tea for yaks, ivory for gold, religious advice for food. Tourist packages following various branches of the Ancient Tea Horse Road are offered and they include travel routes of up to 1,000 miles, from Sichuan and Yunnan to Lhasa, the mountains of P'uer, Laos and Thailand. All along the paths there are remnants of towns, caravanserais, pagodas, and markets, as well as modern attractions.
Source: Author tiye

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