ZK About Tea

Tea has a recorded history that spans nearly 5,000 years. Legend has it that tea was discovered in 2737 BC when some tealeaves blew into Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung’s pot of boiling water. In the 1600’s, tea became highly popular throughout Europe and the USA.

All tea comes from the plant camellia sinensis. Camellia sinensis is a tropical and subtropical everygreen plant native to China. As an evergreen, the tea bush continuously grows but goes into dormancy owing to cooler seasonal weather changes. In Sri Lanka, located 8 degrees north of the equator, produces tea year round due to its warm climate and high rainfall, producing a new flush about every 80 days.

There are two primary types of camellia sinensis used in the preparation of the tea:

1. Camellia Sinensis var Sinensis or (China Jaat), which has smaller leavers (5-12cm); and is propagated widely around China, Taiwan, and Japan

2. Camellia Sinensis Assamica (Assam Jaat), which has larger leaves (15-20cms). The assamica variety is known for its large and leaves and its hardiness, and is grown widely in India, Sri Lanka and Kenya for the production of black tea.