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Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
A plant in the Camellia family. If China is removed from the equation, the British Isles consumes about half of the
world"s tea output.
Tea is generally named after the area in which it is grown i.e. Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon etc.). Like grape vines, tea bushes are much affected by climate and soil types; as a general rule, the higher the altitude at which tea is grown, the more delicate it"s flavour becomes; the best Darjeeling (whose price has been forced to astronomical levels, like a rare wine) being grown at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. For a special treat, try single estate varieties from the recommended shops in our 'Mail Order Section'. A tea plantation is on the top left, with fresh, before being fermented on the right.