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.

6 - D. Catarina de Bragança History Portugal

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.