The tea plant is one of the camellia family (camellia sinensis) which is indigenous to China and India. It grows at varying altitudes up to 7,000 feet. At higher altitudes the growth of the plants is slower but the quality will be better. Only the bud and top two leaves from each stalk are picked for processing.
Similar to wine each crop reflects the character of the region where it is grown. China is credited with originating tea cultivation, and tea plants now grow in about 30 countries. However the best quality teas still come from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India.
There are many legends and stories about the origins of tea. Whether it was a Buddhist monk, an Emperor, or a cultivator of the time tea was, and still is, used to nurture the body and uplift the soul. The subtle flavours and health benefits of this marvelous plant make it the world’s most popular beverage after water.