Why Don't We Grow Tea in the US?

by on Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:57:00 AM

We frequently receive a few common questions in our shop, and we want to answer them in the newsletter every once in a while. One question we receive often is why we grow our tea in China and not in the United States

  1. Just like with wine, terroir is very important to the taste of a tea. Different soil, growing conditions, and climate play a huge role in the taste of tea. Tea was originally found growing wild in China and so the plant is naturally adapted to take advantage of the unique terroir in China. The tea plant has also adapted itself differently to different regions in China. You will find hundreds of different varietals of the tea plant in China.

  2. We produce mostly white tea, which we enjoy due to the clean simple taste, the health properties, and how easily it stores if grown properly. True, traditional white tea is only produced from two varietals of the tea plant, Da Bai and Da Hao which are notoriously difficult to transplant and grow elsewhere. Even within China, true white tea is only grown in a limited area within the Fujian Province. It would be nearly impossible for us to transplant and grow this tea in the United States.

  3. The climate in most of the country would not allow the tea plants to survive. If the temperature drops below 20 degrees for more than a week, then the plants will not survive. We could certainly use a greenhouse, but output would not be very high in a greenhouse.

We’ll keep an ear out to answer any other questions that we hear!

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