Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau : Scientific Reports

Phytoliths and biomolecular components extracted from ancient plant remains from Chang’an (Xi’an, the city where the Silk Road begins) and Ngari (Ali) in western Tibet, China, show that the tea was grown 2100 years ago to cater for the drinking habits of the Western Han Dynasty (207BCE-9CE), and then carried toward central Asia by ca.200CE, several hundred years earlier than previously recorded.

Source: Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau : Scientific Reports

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