Where does tea come from?
Here are some of the largest and most famous tea growing countries of the world, with fascinating rich tea history, an abundance of expertise, and well established standards of production.
The largest tea producing countries are China that delivers 36% of world’s tea crop, India (23%), Kenya (8%), and Sri Lanka (6%). All together, they yield approximately three quarters of the world’s tea.
- Taiwan is worthy of a special note here. This region is famous for its Formosa Oolongs. ‘Formosa’, meaning ‘beautiful’, was what Portuguese explorers named the island of Taiwan in the 16th century.
- Japanese green teas are unique and special, but rare and therefore pricey. The Japanese produce only about 2% of the world’s tea or 10% of the world’s green tea and leave most of it for themselves. Less than 2% of the precious Japanese tea is available for export.
Rooibos is native and unique to Cederberg region of South Africa. To be precise, Rooibos is not a tea since it is not made from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Rooibos is an herb, Aspalathus Linearis, with needle-like leaves. It has been consumed in South Africa for ages and now is making quite a splash all over the world.
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