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The history of tea is lost in the mists of time, but the date 2737 BC is often refered to in Ancient Chinese history as the starting point. The legend tells us that the emperor Shen Nung, a scholar and herbalist first recognised tea's healthful properties and refreshing taste when, by accident, some leaves drifted from an overhanging tree into his cauldron of boiling water. It was not until the mid 19th century that, with the exception of a small amount in Japan, tea was cultivated outside China. The British found some tea bushes growing wild in north-east India from which they established the first plantations in Assam.