Top 10 Tea producing Countries in the World

You may be wondering why most countries venture into tea producing or production. After water tea has been the most consumed beverages in the world. Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, it can be taken anytime alone and with people. Due to its popularity and high rate of consumption, tea is widely, produced in different countries all around the world. Tea is practiced by more than 60 countries the main region of tea production are Asia and Africa.


Tea is loved and taken by many people all of the world, the people of Iran enjoy taking and producing tea ever since it was introduced in the of 15th century. The story behind the history of tea in Iran tells that prince Kashef discovered and learnt the secret art of tea cultivation during his disguised pursuit in India, as a laborer. He then used what he had learnt with few samples that he bought and started the cultivation of tea. Today Iran is included in the list of top tea production countries with the production of around 75,000.


The production of around 88,900 tonnes of tea around the world, Japan is one Asian country that produces and drink tea and the condition of the soil and climate change makes it possible to grow tea in almost any state of Japan, except from the region of Osaka and Hokkaido Island. Shizuka, Kagoshima, Kyushu and Miyazaki are few states where mostly tea are grown in the country of Japan. Even with this large production of tea, due to the extreme demand of tea in the native country exportation of tea is low in Japan.


Coffee is said to be the the most famous beverage is South America but tea has established a true fan base in Argentina, because of bulk production of tea in the country. Misiones and Corrientes are the regions where tea is most specifically grown in Argentina. In 1920’s due to the experiment with crops which was insisted by the government of Argentina, tea was introduced. Yerba mate is the locally produced and most loved tea in the country. A lot of tea produced here is exported as the foreign exchange to the countries.


There is a yearly production of around 144,000 tonnes of tea, the Southeast Asian country Indonesia g nation. majority of the tea produced in Indonesia is black and green tea which is introduced by the Dutch East India company in 1700’s. The variety of tea grown in the country have their origin from Assam India. The produced in Indonesia are known worldwide for their healthy nature, which is acquired from catechin, a direct phenol and antioxidant.


Vietnam is also an Asian country with the tea production capacity up to 240,000 tonnes per year. The country got to know about the crop cultivation of tea through French who were colonial rulers at that period. Vietnam carryout the cultivation of wide variety of tea including black, green, white and a special flavor of lotus tea. Most of the tea cultivation is practiced in Yen Bai territory located in north part of Vietnam, Tea production is a source of livelihood .


Turkish people enjoy taking tea, they consume tea almost every hour of the day. Turkey grows 250,000 tonnes of tea every year and most of those is consumed by the citizen of Turkey itself, which makes the export of tea relatively less. Turkey specializes in production of Riza tea, also called as Turkish tea which is a kind of black tea. The main production of tea in the country takes place in a small area near the city of Rize, which is located in the black sea in the end of Turkey’s western coast.


Tea production is a main source of the livelihood for the people living in the Asian Island. Sri Lanka produces around 35,000 tonnes of tea yearly. Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are the two main places where tea is grown.  Sri Lanka is a small country, but the amount of tea cultivated here is amazing and most tea producing countries like Russia, UAE, Syria and even Turkey import tea from Sri Lanka. Tea producing and exportation is a major economic activity for the Sri Lanka.


epa04494140 A photograph made available on 18 November 2014 shows tea pluckers picking tea leaves near Muranga, some 120km north of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 08 November 2014. Tea farmers in the area are faced with falling prices, earning just over 10 Kenya shillings per kilogram of tea, due to volatile political environment in some of the key export markets like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria. Amid falling prices and low demand overseas, more than 40,000 small-scale tea farmers in Nandi County have threatened to halt tea production in protest against county government’s propsal to impose new tax on tea leaves, the local media reported on 18 November. Tea is one of the top foreign currency earners in Kenya. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA *** Local Caption *** 51667830

In the list of largest tea producing Asian countries, African country Kenya is amongst the top 3. Kenya is the biggest producer as well as exporter of black tea in the world. Most of tea is grown in the territory of Kericho, Nandi and the Nyambene Hills. Kenya got acquainted with tea in 1903 by GWL Caine but was turned profit oriented in 1924 only by Malcom Bell for the company Brooke Bond.


In India tea is popularly known as “chai”, India is second highest tea producing country in the world with cultivation of more the 1,250,000 tonnes every year. The tea producing and consumption in India is so high and production is also high. Some of cultivated tea is kept for house use nd then it is exported to other countries.

At the time of the British empire, the bulk production of tea was started by East India Company and without a doubt the famous Assam tea is popular all over the world. And that is the state where most of the tea is produced in India along with Darjeeling. The tea grown in the southern region of Nilgiri is also famous and vastly consumed.


It may amaze you to know that China is the largest tea producing country in the world. China grows some amazing green tea named, Green Gunpowder, Dragon Well tea and many other. China brought about the discovery of tea and introduced the world’s most best and popular beverage. They export 40% of the total tea in world producing almost 2,400,000 tonnes annually. Yunnan, Zhejiang, and Guangdong are the main regions where tea plantation is done in China. Of course, being the largest producer and exporter of tea in the world.

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