TEA GROWING COUNTRIES

 

 

Drinking tea is valued for its pleasant taste in all cultures worldwide, as it refreshes both, the body and the mind and soothes the soul. Tea is derived from the tea plant Camellia sinensis L. Kuntze, which is cultivated in many countries. 

China, India, Indonesia, Kenia and Sri Lanka count among the most important tea growing countries.

China

China is the largest tea producer worldwide. The main producing areas are Zhejiang, Hubei, Yunnan, Szechuan, Anhui and Fujian. China produces a big variety of green and black teas, as well as Oolong and other speciality teas. Every tea has its unique and distinguished flavour.

India

India is the second largest tea producing country in the world. Two-thirds of the tea production originates from the four tea growing regions in the north of India: Assam, Darjeeling, Dooars and Sikkim. One third is produced in Nilgiri and Kerala, both lying in the south of India.

Assam is the world largest coherent tea growing area and lies in the north part of the country and on either side of the Bramputra river. Assam tea is valued for its full-bodied, malty, robust and strong flavour as well as its dark colour.

Darjeeling tea is grown on the foothills of the Himalayas, at an altitude of about 2,000 m (about 6560 ft). The flavour ranges from a mild, flowery and muscatel aroma to a tenderly bitter and spicy flavour.

Indonesia

Tea is grown on both, the island of Java and Sumatra. On the island of Java, aromatic top quality tea is cultivated during the dry period in August and September, while on the island of Sumatra tea can be harvested throughout the whole year. It is very popular to complement tea blends with the soft and subtle Indonesian teas.

Kenia

Kenyan tea is grown in the highlands of east and west Great Rift Valley at an altitude between 1,500 to 2,000 m. Both, Kericho, which is also the largest coherent tea growing region in Kenia, and Limuru-Kiambu are the oldest area of tea cultivation in the country. The Limuru-Kiambu district is well known for its particularly fine tea quality. Kenyan tea has a remarkable strong and spicy aroma, partly with a slight “lemon flavour”.

Sri Lanka

Tea is cultivated in mainly 6 growing regions, namely: Uva, Dimbula, Uda Pussellawa and Nuwara-Eliya as well as Kandy and Ruhuna. These extend from mid of the island to the south. Sri Lankan tea is either low-grown (up to 600 m high), medium grown (between 600 and 1,200 m) or high grown (over 1,200 m). Each level produces tea of unique character. That is why Sri Lankan tea can offer a very wide range of flavour. Some are full-bodied and strong with a dark colour; others are light and soft with a well-rounded aroma and bright golden colour.

Vietnam


Vietnamese tea regions gathering mostly in the North part of Vietnam, speading out from Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang,Lai Chau, Son La, Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen province. Apart of northern, tea also cultivated in Lam Dong province – Southern of Vietnam at altitude 1000-1200m where most of oolong types are planted

The first famous tea garden in Vietnam was cultivated in Phu Tho province by French colonist since the 1880s where the biggest tea factory with 7 hectars & annual export volume approx 15,000 tons- named Future Generation Phu Tho  locates in.

Especially,  a hundred years old Shan Tuyet tea trees ( means Snow of the Moutain) is well-known by title name “ the Queen of Green tea” with heavenly smell & sweet taste persistantly.

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