The United States is not well-known as a tea-producing nation. The few experiments in this area thus far - in Hawaii, Washington and South Carolina - have been on a relatively small scale. Now tea is coming to California, courtesy of Roy Fong of San Francisco's Imperial Tea Court. More about his budding tea farm here.
Speaking of places where you wouldn't expect to find tea grown, there's New Zealand. The World Tea News recently reported that Zealong is planning to produce a line of oolong tea there.
And even though tea is an ingrained part of British culture, they've typically had to go abroad to get their supplies. With its modest output, Cornwall's Tregothnan Estate won't do much to change that, but as this article reports, they've recently begun exporting their tea to Japan, of all places.
From the Nepali press, here's an interesting and informative article about tea production in Nepal.
Last up, here's an interesting article from the English language version of China's Xinhua, about the discovery of tea leaves at a famous Chinese tomb.
Stay tuned for more World of Tea, an occasional feature that gathers tea-related dispatches from around the globe.
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