Where does tea come from?
Here are some of the largest and most famous tea growing countries of the world, with a 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.