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Did you know the three main producers of Black Tea are China, Sri Lanka and India?

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It is believed Black Tea first emerged in the 1700s, in China´s Wuyi Mountains in the northern Fujian province. By the 1830s, the British were importing large quantities of Tea from China, causing them cash shortages. In order to reduce the costs, the British attempted to start their own plantations in their colonies. By the 1850s, the British had succeeded and plantations in the Darjeeling region and Assam province in India were flourishing.

Later, in the 1870s, Tea was taken to Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon, and a new Tea was also created.

Check out this video of a Tea Factory in Sri Lanka!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhoRZl5T2xM&feature=related

Mariana!

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3 thoughts on “Did you know the three main producers of Black Tea are China, Sri Lanka and India?

  1. In many years, this has been true about India, China, and Sri Lanka but recently it has not been true in all years. India and China tend to produce much more tea than other countries, whereas Sri Lanka produces a substantial amount less–but even India was thrown out of #2 place one year.

    Turkey and Kenya are both also major producers of tea. In 2008, Turkey’s tea production spiked, and their output actually was the #2 producer of tea, greater than India and very close to China. The amount produced by Kenya is also roughly comparable to the amount produced in Sri Lanka; in 2008 and 2009, Kenya produced more.

    You can use the United Nations’ FAOSTAT to verify these figures.

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