A Different Kind of Tea Garden

We usually think of tea gardens (also called estates and plantations) as those places where the tea bush Camellia Sinensis is cultivated. The very term “tea garden” brings up images of neatly tended rows like those in Japan shown in the photo below. But in this case, I mean a very different kind of tea …

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Is It a Tea Garden, Plantation, or Estate?

A quick look around the internet will show you that when it comes to the word used to describe land where tea is grown, there is no consensus. You’ll see tea gardens, tea plantations, tea estates, tea plots, and so on. Is any one of these right or preferred? Official Definitions A very official source …

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Major Assam Tea Estates

When Robert Bruce first brought tea plants smuggled out of China to India, he discovered that the inhabitants of the Assam area were already enjoying tea made from a tea bush varietal growing wild (Camellia Sinensis assamica). He set about cultivating the plant and in a few years tea was being exported to London. Today, …

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Herbal Tea Books

Let’s begin with a brief discussion about terminology and more specifically with some thoughts on the term herbal tea. To be perfectly correct, the word tea should only be used to refer to products derived from the plant known as Camellia sinensis. Herbal beverages are more properly referred to as "infusions" or "tisanes," a term …

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