Top 5 Best Tea Producing Countries
After my previous article about the best coffee producing countries in the world, I don't want to disappoint my tea drinking friends. So, now I am writing about the best tea producing countries in the world and this for all the tea drinkers in the world. I am sure that if you are a regular tea drinker, you will know the big names such as Earl Grey and Twinings. But did you know that the best tea actually comes from some of the Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka and China? Here are the top 5 countries which produce some of the best tea in the world.
1) Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka ranks in the top three tea producing countries in the world just behind China and India. As such, it also produces some of the best tea you can drink. Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon black tea and it produces about 9.1% of the world's tea. Tea accounts for roughly 15% of the nation's GDP.
Till recent times, India was the top exporter of tea in the world till it was pushed down to the second spot by China. Some of the best teas you have heard such as Assam and Darjeeling tea come from this country. The three major regions that are famous for tea plantations in India are Assam, Darjeeling and Coorg. All three regions produce teas that are unique in their own respect. Assam and Darjeeling tea are the most famous tea after Earl Grey and Twinings.
China is currently the world's leading producer and exporter of tea. Its tea brands may not be as famous as Earl Grey, Assam or Darjeeling. Nonetheless, if you haven't heard of the herbal and green teas from China, then you probably are an amateur tea drinker. Legend has it that tea was indeed discovered by a Chinese emperor.
Kenya ranks among the best tea producing countries in the world due to its famous black tea. Kenya may not be as popular as India, China or Sri Lanka in tea production. However, tea in Kenya ranks the third biggest cash crop after Tourism and Horticulture. Kenya produces about 9.6% of world's tea. In 2008 alone, the nation produced about 345,800 million tons of tea.
Turkey is one among the top 5 tea producing countries in the world. In 2008, it produced approximately 198,046 million tons of tea. Turkish tea also called the çay is famous especially in Turkish speaking countries. Turkey produces about 6% of world's tea.
These are the 5 best tea producing countries in the world. If you haven't tried any of them yet, it is time to hit the nearest tea shop to savor the best Assam, Darjeeling or green tea.