Tea in Strange Places

If you’ve been keeping track of food-related trends in recent years you might have noticed the rise of the so-called locavore movement. It’s a movement that espouses a relatively simple notion, that we should strive to eat foods that are locally grown.

Which is all well and good and an admirable concept, but in the case of some foods and beverages it can raise some interesting challenges. If you live in the United Kingdom, which is a regular hotbed of tea consumption, your options are very limited when it comes to locally grown tea. And while we’re not quite as keen on tea drinking here in the United States, finding locally grown tea is going to be just as tricky. For information on British and Americans who are already growing tea refer to previous English Tea Blog articles, located here and here.

For even more on this notion, check out an article from the T Ching blog about an aspiring tea grower who hopes to set up shop in the United States’ neighbor to the north – on Vancouver Island, in Canada.

The United States itself doesn’t really have anything that could be called a hotbed of tea production, aside from South Carolina’s Charleston Tea Plantation, but there are more small farms popping up in Hawaii all the time. Here’s a report from the Maui News about a grower who’s doing his thing on that island. For even more about Hawaiian tea, check out the Web site for the main island’s Moonrise Tea Garden.

On the other side of the Atlantic, another British tea plantation is scheduled to get underway in Anglesey in northern Wales. Read about it here. It will join at least three other tea-growing efforts in the United Kingdom. Last up, from the British press, a report on rising temperatures that have led to a “bumper harvest of homegrown exotic crops like tea and olives.”

Don’t miss William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!

[Editor’s note: Our blog is chock full of great articles on this topic. Use our search feature to find them!]

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One thought on “Tea in Strange Places

  1. Add to these new origins, tea growing on two islands of the Azores (Portugal) – largely forgotten since 1883, in Switzerland (on an island in Lake Maggiore), in Italy (at Lucca), Unilever’s 500 bushes under glass in the UK (I used to tend these), and growing in my UK back yard in Bedford.

    Nigel at Teacraft

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