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Top 10 tea producing countries in the world
China is the largest tea producer in the world, with an output of more than 2 million tons of tea. Tea is an important part of the country's social structure and has always played a role in economic development and daily life. China has a variety of teas, including green tea, black tea, oolong tea, etc.
India's tea production is 1.2 million tons. Over the years, silk caravans traveling from China to Europe first introduced tea to India. Despite this early connection, it wasn't until Britain officially introduced the drink to culture that it began to flourish. The climate of India is very suitable for growing tea, and its quality is comparable to that of China. The Indian tea market is huge, with tens of thousands of tea plantations scattered across the country, including popular varieties such as Darjeeling and Assam.
Kenya is the world's largest exporter of black tea, producing 432,400 tons of tea and has more than 500,000 small-scale tea farmers. Kenya's location close to the equator provides ample sunlight and optimal conditions for plant growth. The earliest tea trees in Kenya were sown in the early 1900s and have been a staple of people's diets ever since.
4. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the largest exporters of orthodox tea in the world and is famous for its Ceylon tea, with a tea output of 340,230 tons. Tea has now become Sri Lanka's main source of foreign exchange, accounting for 2% of GDP.
Tea production in Vietnam (Vietnam) is 214,300 tons. It wasn't until the 1880s that Vietnam started producing its own tea. Vietnamese tea drinkers generally prefer teas with simple flavors, the most popular of which is green tea. Lotus tea is also a specialty of Vietnam, made by enclosing green tea leaves in lotus flowers and leaving them overnight, so that the leaves give off the fragrance of flowers.
Turkey's tea production is 212,400 tons. In Turkey, drinking tea is an important part of life. Turks consume tea with breakfast and drink it throughout the day. Tea tends to accompany most customs and rituals in Turkey. Drinking tea together is a sign of friendship.
Tea production in Iran is 160,000 tons. Iranian tea is one of the highest quality teas in the world and is grown without the use of pesticides. The mountainous climate of northern Iran enables the cultivation of teas that taste very good.
Indonesia is the fifth largest exporter of black tea in the world, producing 148,000 tons of tea. Black tea is the most commonly consumed tea in Indonesia, and black tea is obtained through a fermentation process that does not use microorganisms as a source of enzymes, but rather phenolases contained in the tea leaves themselves.
Argentina's tea production is 105,000 tons. The tea plantations are mainly located in the southernmost tip of Argentina, where two main types of tea are produced. Due to its subtropical climate, Argentina has ideal conditions for growing tea.
Tea is the most popular beverage in Japan and an important part of Japanese food culture. A wide variety of teas can be purchased and consumed at any time of the day. Green tea is the most common tea in Japan and a central element of the tea ceremony.