One of the most classic cultural and gastronomic rituals of English culture is linked to the 5 o’clock tea. Without wanting to tarnish this tradition that is an icon in English identity, this habit was introduced into British culture by the Portuguese Queen, D. Catarina de Bragança.
D. Catarina de Bragança was sent to England to marry King Charles II. Along with her luggage, D. Catarina took a chest of tea, a product consumed in great amounts by the Portuguese court, and this was the beginning of the traditional 5 o’clock tea. Among other legacies, D. Catarina de Bragança also took orange jelly, which gave rise to English marmalade (which comes from the Portuguese marmelada (quince), a fruit that did not exist on British soil) as well as the introduction of porcelain dishes, as the British court used gold and silver dishes and food became cold quickly.