Crush, Tear and Curl - The History of Making Tea in India

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It’s no surprise to us that tea is one of the India’s greatest exports but do we really know much more than that? Like where the names come from or where the tea growing regions are or how they even turn tea leaves into, well, tea leaves? 

Famous tea names like Darjeeling and Assam are borrowed from the regions in northern India where the tea plantations are which now cover hundreds of thousands of acres of hillside. As for the production of tea, much of the picking of leaves is still done by women using nothing more than their bare hands and a basket, so it’s still a very manual process, and much of the crushing, tearing and curling is then done in the factory which is very often on the plantation too, meaning the time from picking to production is very short which probably helps to maintain its freshness. 

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