The Heritage of the Tea is that it was first created and started by china as a medicine and with the passing of time it started getting more and more popular among people and has now become an essential part of our day-to-day life. It has turn out to be a common drink which nearly all of us like. Drinking tea has become one of the most favorite things between us nowadays. Some desire it heavily while some take it just once a day or even less. Some people don’t even think about it at all.
Today more than 45 countries grow tea in large amount for exports as well as local usage. Among all these, Asian countries are the major ones producing more than 91 % of the total world tea. This topic covers the TOP 10 Tea Producing Countries in any aspect in the World.
Top 10 Tea Producing Countries
- Sri Lanka
With an annual production of around 60,000 tons, Iran is one of the leading tea producing countries. The assortment of rich taste and aroma has made red Iranian tea renowned across the globe. There are 108 tea manufacturing factories including Golestan, a reputed brand in Iran that shares 32% of retail value sales.
Popularly known for its rich cultivated land, Argentina scores 9th rank in tea production. Along with premium quality tea it is also famous for ample production of exotic vegetables, Fruits, Sugarcane and Cotton. Argentina produces 76000 tons of tea each year and exports nearly 50 million kilograms mainly to United States of America and United Kingdom.
Japan annually produces 110,000 tons of tea and the legendary green tea lures people from across the globe to this land of rising sun. Sencha, Bancha, Genmaicha are famous green teas when it comes to superb taste and aroma. Tea taste has always been a great symbol of love and friendship as well as signifies glorious culture of Japan.
Indonesia has an established agricultural sector. Dominant in tea, cocoa and rice production, it produces more than 150,851 tons of tea in a year. Interestingly it is the third largest producer of rice but when it comes to tea production it scores 7th rank in our list. Tea has been important part of Indonesian lifestyle from more than 200 years and iced tea is the most preferred beverage even at the big restaurants.
With an agricultural area of 17,800,000 acres, Vietnam is prominent in premium quality of rice and tea production. Its Tea estate yields approx. 174,900 tons of tea on commercial as well as industrial scale every year. Lam Dong province is largest tea grower in Vietnam and contributes 27% of the country’s total tea output.
Turkey produces 198,046 tons of tea in different exotic varieties that satisfies distributers and tea lovers across the globe. Offering tea to the guests and visitors signifies an important aspect of Turkish culture and exhibits hospitality of the country people as well. Rose hip (kuşburnu çayı), and linden flower (ıhlamur çayı) are the most popular flavor you must try to soothe your senses.
4. Sri Lanka
Tea production in Sri Lanka is a vital part of its economy as majority of labor force works in the agricultural sector. It produces 318,470 tons of tea in a year that contributes nearly 9.1% of the world’s total tea production. With exceptional savor and style of tea leaves Sri Lanka specializes in black tea and Kandy, Dimbula, Uva and Ruhuna are some of the popular brands.
Kenya produces more than 345,800 tons of tea each year and is reputed to be one of the foundations of the world’s tea plants. Although it is the third largest producer but continues to be the world’s largest tea exporter as it contributes nearly 9.6 % of the total tea of the world.
India is the second largest producer of tea in the world and produces about 805,180 tons comprising 23.6% of world’s total production. Assam, Darjeeling, Kochi are some of the beautiful hill stations home to exotic tea gardens in India. There are multiplicity of tea leaves in the country with great taste and delightful aroma.
China tops the list as it produces 1,257,384 tons of tea every year and has again marked excellence in field of agriculture along with electronics and medicine sector. 15% of its total land area is under cultivation and surprisingly tea production is cumulating day by day.