Sunday, October 15, 2006

China Top Tea Grower & More

India's Business Standard reported Friday that China is now the world's top tea-producing country, a distinction that was formerly held by India. The International Tea Committee says India produced 927 million kilograms of tea in 2005. China edged them out by just 7 million kilograms, producing a total of 934 million kilograms last year. Read the full report here.

I didn't know there was a need for a bubble tea subsitute, but apparently there is. The AP reports that a group University of Idaho food science students won a prize - and $10,000 - for devising such a substance using alginate, which is made from seaweed.

Here's a link to the AP's brief report. For more detailed information, check this page from Danisco, who sponsored the contest.

If you're looking for Tea Smoothies, Jamba Juice has got 'em. The chain recently announced that they will offer the drink in three flavors - Tahiti Green Tea, Razz 'n Red Tea, and Matcha Green Tea Blast.

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