Finally, Brits have their own tea

  • 28 Oct - 03 Nov, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

British love for tea is legendary, and we own our tea heritage to them, but now, after importing it for centuries, they have started growing their own in the highlands.

The country is not wanting in steep slopes and plentiful rain; the only hurdle to cultivating tea was the belief that it is a tropical plant. However, the climate in Cornwall, western England, is quite similar to that in Darjeeling with average summer temperatures of around 19 degrees Celsius.

Tregothnan, Britain’s first commercial tea brand, has found a life in this region. Its ‘malty’ tea sells out in no time and in coals-to-Newcastle fashion it has found admirers in China, besides Russia and the home country.

Tea is also being grown in several other places, including America, New Zealand, Hawaii, South Africa and the Azores. While niche teas are on the rise, Indian tea growers don’t need to worry about losing market share yet.