header print

Where Does Tea Come From?

Tea has been around for a very long time. It originated from China, and the locals believe that it was first used in 2737 B.C.E. for its medicinal properties.  It was only introduced to the west when Portuguese priests visited China in the 16th century. It arrived in England by 1660, but only became popular in the 18th century. Tea is made from the leaves of the Camelia sinensis plant, typically grown in plantations. While most people might not associate tea with any particular natural beauty, it is, in fact, the opposite! Tea plantations are remarkable; their green, endless beauty can make the mind soar, and the heart sing.

The Boh Plantation is the biggest supplier of black tea in Malaysia

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

The Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Tea covers the slopes of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Located in Western India, Munnar is one of the largest tea plantations in the world

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Greek women working in a local tea plantation, circa 1905-1915

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Schoolchildren walking home along tea fields in Darjeeling, India. In the background, you can see Kangchendzonga, the world's 3rd tallest mountain

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

The Mulanje tea fields in Malawi

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Considered the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is also one of the most beautiful places on the island-state

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Tea pickers in Kerala, India pick an average of 8Kg (17.5lb) of tea every day

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

The Camellia plants benefit greatly from the generous rain showers in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

A typical tea plantation in Sri Lanka

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

The sun sets on a plantation in Taipei, Taiwan

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

A hillside tea estate in Coonoor, India

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Another tea estate in India

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Trees are often planted in the tea fields to help protect the plants from too much sun and heat. (Common shade trees are Erythrina, Gliricidia, and Silver Oak)

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Tea Plantation on the way to Knuckles Mountain Range Reserve in Sri Lanka

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

The tea plantations in Munnar often enjoy such incredible backdrops

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

An old steam engine, chugging along the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

Indian tea pickers in Kalasa

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

The tea plantations span miles along the hills of Mangalore, India

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

A wild Indian elephant that came across a tea field

Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Tea Comes From?
Source

In case you missed it, this is our guide to growing & brewing your own tea at home.

Sign Up Free
Did you mean:
Related Topics: Travel, Nature, India, Tea, Camellia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia
Sign Up Free
Did you mean: