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What kind of tea should a tourist choose when visiting tea and non-tea countries

FAO (UN Food Organization) analysts have published a top list of countries with the highest tea consumption per capita …

What kind of tea should a tourist choose when visiting tea and non-tea countries
What tea to bring from a tourist trip to the “most tea” countries in the world?

Not tea countries consume little tea, but use it for industrial production
According to the FAO, per capita tea consumption in the world varies greatly from country to country. For example, in the predominantly “coffee” countries they drink it a little, all the tea is imported and mainly packaged. Tourists – tea lovers here should rely on gourmet and custard teas (except in expensive and niche restaurants that are not native to these countries cuisine).

So, in Brazil they consume only 10 grams of tea per person per year, in Israel and France – 20 grams, in Canada – 50 grams, in Italy – 140 grams.

A little tea (real) is drunk in the USA – 220 grams per person per year. Basically, tea is used for the industrial preparation of cold tea (packaged in bottles with various flavors), and for the production of tea bags.

For tourists, special connoisseurs, we will give advice – you can buy very good American leaf tea grown in the state of South Carolina, but you will have to go directly to the plantations of this state, for example, to Charleston.

There are various reasons for the low consumption of tea in tourist tea countries, but the tourist has something to bring from each of them.
Interestingly, according to FAO statistics, quite a few tea is drunk in seemingly “tea” countries such as Sri Lanka and India (consumption – 320 grams per person per year) or South Korea (only 160 grams per person per year, less than in the USA).

Even more in Indonesia (where tea is also grown) – here tea consumption is at the level of 450 grams per year. In each case, the reasons are different, but the tourist has something to bring from each of these countries.

Green tea and non-teas are popular in Korea
Tea is grown in South Korea (tea plantations are concentrated in 3 southern provinces of the country, including Jeju Island). Almost all Korean tea is green (you can also find black, but the locals themselves practically do not drink it, and it is not of very good quality). Unlike China and Japan, green tea has become a monopolist in Korea among hot national drinks, but, in general, this Asian country has not been a “tea” for a long time.

Almost all Korean tea is green
The fact that the Koreans themselves call “cha” – basically, various non-alcoholic drinks – they are prepared from herbs, leaves and roots of various plants. This, for example, is a common barley tea. In Korea they drink inadvertent drinks from leaves of aralia, persimmon, mint, mulberry, chrysanthemum, tea from ginseng roots, ginger and even hemp roots, tea from dates, quince, cornel, citrus.

Also sold (including in pharmacies) are tea from pine needles, numerous herbal-fruit mixtures with spices. Such Korean “non-tea teas” are also worth bringing to Russia – in modern Korea they are sold both in bulk, and in banks, in bags.

As for green tea, it is little known outside of Korea. If you are planning to bring home Korean leaf green tea, we advise you to pay attention to such varieties industrially produced here as Ha Dong Bohea, Woo-jeon, Sejak (highest quality category) and Dae-Jak (middle category). Black tea here is called Dong cheon, but it is rather difficult to buy, it is very unpopular.

In India, there are 3 varieties of black teas, you can buy slightly fermented green and even white
In India, where they drink relatively little tea per capita, this is mainly due to the fact that tea is grown here mainly for export. This country ranks 2nd after China in the world in tea production and is one of the four most exported countries. The amount of tea that remains for sale domestically is relatively small, and if you divide it by the billionth population of India, you will get very little.

Nevertheless, the Indians themselves drink tea – but not at all what is familiar to us, but mainly in the form of masala tea (a tea base with the addition of milk, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and some other spices). The tea base itself is small in volume, the Indians use granular black tea of ​​low quality and price for the daily preparation of masala. In any case, in terms of “pure tea” (dry tea leaves), its consumption in India is small.

Of course, being in India, a tourist should not miss the opportunity to bring local leaf tea of ​​pure varieties (mixtures and without additives – although in India there are a lot of tea mixtures with all kinds of spices and plants).

In India, tea blends with all kinds of spices and plants – a huge variety

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