Italy consumes 0.31 lb of tea per capita per year.
Some would think that tea doesn’t exist in the land of espresso, but that’s not quite true.
Italians like Green, Black, and some herbal teas, although they don’t consume tea with their meals like for example people in the Middle East do.
History of Tea in Italy
It’s believed that tea first became popular in Europe in the times of the Renaissance, or more precisely in the middle of the 16th century.
Naples, the largest Mediterranean port at that time was a popular trading spot for ships coming from Asia, while there are records of tea shipments as early as the 13th century.
However, tea never became the national drink, although it is widely used during the winter months.
Tea Culture in Italy
Italians like Green tea usually sweetened with sugar and a splash of lemon juice.
In the mornings, some like strong Black tea, while others enjoy soft Green tea with sunflower leaves, orange slices, and lemongrass.
‘Evening Sorrento’ is the most popular Italian tea and it includes cinnamon, mint leaves, honey, ginger, and orange peel.
Italians usually drink their tea at home, while it’s also common to order a cup at cafes and restaurants, depending on the region.
Having a sweet snack or a cake with tea in Italy is inevitable, so adding some scones to the mix is always a good idea.
At the end of the day, besides having a good taste for coffee, wine, and pasta, Italians are also masters in preparing herbal masterpieces such as the unique ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tea containing Green tea, papaya, rose petals, and strawberries. An exquisite flavor for delicious romantic indulgence.