Where does tea come from?
Much of the world’s tea is grown in mountainous areas 3,000 – 7,000 feet above sea level, situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn in mineral-rich soil. Leading tea-producing countries include Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya Malawi, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
The US mainland has only two commercial tea gardens: one in Charleston, South Carolina that is a relatively large and fully mechanized plantation and a small operation in Burlington, Washington. Hawaiian grown teas are gaining in popularity through the collective of roughly 40 small growers there.