The spirit of tea

Tea in India

Tea at the root.

Nearly every part of the Indian country has a tea-growing region. About 4% of the total national income that supports india comes from its tea. This is made possible by the 14,000 plus tea estates all over the Indian Country. However, it is not only the estates that allow Indians to make so much tea. For, the geography of India is home to many different climate conditions, including winter, summer, monsoons, and post-monsoon periods. However, when the monsoons are over and the dry season starts, many would say that the tea would die. Although, because tea grows well on high land, for the soil possessing good depth and allows the tea to have plenty of nourishment. Therefore, the tea is able to survive the wet and dry seasons. All of these teas are grown in different areas with different climates. Therefore causing the teas to taste dramatically different from each other.

Boiling it to the point

It all started in 1830s, when a tea plant was growing wild in the jungles of north east Assam. At first the Indians ate the leaves thinking it was a type of vegetable seasoned garlic and oil in addition to boiling the leaves to make a brew. From then on, all over various nations the Indian tea has been quite popular. The three most popular teas that had come from india are the Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri tea. The first tea, Assam tea, comes from the North Eastern part of India. This part of India is thick with trees. This large forested area of India makes tea that is rich. The second tea, Darjeeling tea is grown in a cool and wet environment unlike the Assam tea. This tea growing section of India is located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The tea is elegant and delicately flavored and is considered to be one of the finest teas in the world. Last but not least, the third tea, Nilgiri tea comes from an even higher part of India than the Darjeeling tea. This southern Indian region has elevations between 3,200 and 82,000 feet. The flavors of Nilgiri teas are rather gentle and pleasant to drink.

Did you know...?

Did you know that because the Europeans found tea over in China, the British decided to uprooted chinese tea plants and transfer them into India in order to create another source for the growing European appetite.

This man is working at an Indian export center, where he sifts and packages the tea for it to be sent out to the other countries.

British Involvement with Indian tea.

Britten Involvement with tea started in 1788, when a British botanist, a person who specializes in knowledge of plants, whose name is Joseph Banks, proclaimed that the climate in certain British-controlled parts of north east India would be great for growing tea. Although this man attempted to tell the British East India company about this opportunity, it was ignored. Later on, inbetween the years of 1823 and 1831 several more comments were made to do something about the possibility of tea growing regions, and again they were disregarded. Finally in the year of 1833 this concept was brought up once more, and this time things changed. For, the Brittish East India company had lost some of its control over trade and decided to accept the fact that India might be able to provide a profitable alternative.

Did you know...?

Tea is so well-liked in India , that it is regarded as "Chai-Pani" - which does not only literally mean tea, but also is used as slang to mean tips, wages, or even bribery.

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