Punch was invented in India by British sailors in the 16 century and then spread to many countries. The name punch is borrowed from Sanskrit (pañc),meaning ‘five’, as the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.
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Did you know a jack tree can produce up to 100-200 fruits a year? Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh up to 80lb. Each jackfruit is actually a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and the fleshy meat is actually the petals of the flowers.
Kerala is the largest producer of jackfruit in the world. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the state fruit of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
After the British brought tea production into India, many Indian spices were incorporated into tea. Masala means ‘a blend of spices’ and ‘chai’ simply means ‘tea’. So, Masala Chai is literally ‘spiced tea’. Chai Tea is a mislabeling meaning ‘Tea Tea’.
Masala Chai is made using different formulas, depending on the region where it is being consumed. Commonly used Masala Chai ingredients include black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper and clove. Masala Chai is good for you with its high antioxidant load. It also improves digestion, enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has anti-bacterial and anti-cancer effects.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. It is used widely, from savory dishes, baking goods to Greek cinnamon liqueur.
Tea is an ancient health drink which originated from China. To break the Chinese monopoly, the British had smuggled seeds from China to India and eventually established tea plantations all over India, Sri Lanka and Africa.
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Over the years due to it’s many health benefits it has been commonly used in traditional medicine. It is most commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat mouth ulcers, digestive problems and even depression. Use it to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation and much more. This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.