Where tea really comes from!

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Apparently, the world produces over three million tons and three thousand varieties of tea each and every year, and its journey from plantation to teapot is something of, excuse the pun, a mixed bag to say the least!

If asked, most of us would know or guess that most tea comes from India or China but where else does it come from? Because as it turns out, there are quite a few more countries producing tea than you might have realised including Vietnam, Turkey, and Argentina!

Bizarrely though, despite the fact there are plenty of different countries producing a huge array of flavours and colours, all these varieties used can trace their roots to just one plant. They all come from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. There are two main species: Thea sinensis, which is native to China, and Thea assamica, native to India.