Which tea to choose a tourist when visiting tea and non-tea countries
FAO (Food Service Organization) analysts have published the top list of countries in the world with the highest consumption of tea per capita …
Not tea countries consume little tea, but use it for industrial production.
According to the FAO, per capita consumption of tea in the world varies greatly from country to country. For example, in predominantly “coffee” countries, they drink it a little, all tea is imported and, mainly, packaged. Tourists who like tea here should count on refined and brewed teas (except that in expensive and niche restaurants there is a cuisine not native to these countries).
Thus, Brazil consumes only 10 grams of tea per person per year, in Israel and France – 20 grams, in Canada – 50 grams, in Italy – 140 grams.
Few tea (real) is drunk in the US – 220 grams per person per year. In general, 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 South Carolina, but you have to go directly to the plantations of this state, for example, in Charleston.
There are various reasons for the small consumption of tea in tea tourist countries, but the tourist has something to bring from each of them.
Interestingly, according to FAO statistics, quite a bit of tea is consumed in such seemingly “tea-like” countries as Sri Lanka and India (consumption is 320 grams per person per year) or South Korea (only 160 grams per person per year, less than in the US).
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-tea tea are popular in Korea.
In South Korea, tea is grown (tea plantations are concentrated in the 3 southern provinces of the country, including Jeju Island). Almost all Korean tea is green (you can also find black tea, but local people don’t drink it themselves, and it’s not of very good quality). Unlike China and Japan, green tea has become a monopolist in Korea among the hottest national drinks, but, in general, this Asian country has not been a “tea house” for a long time.
Almost all Korean tea is green.
The fact that the Koreans themselves call “chha” – basically, various non-secret drinks – they are made from herbs, leaves and roots of various plants. This is, for example, common barley tea. In Korea, they drink non-tea drinks from the leaves of aralia, persimmon, mint, mulberry, chrysanthemums, tea from ginseng roots, ginger and even cannabis roots, tea from dates, quince, cornel, citrus.
Sold (including in pharmacies) also tea from pine needles, numerous herbal and fruit mixtures with additives of spices. Such Korean non-secret teas are also definitely worth bringing to Russia – in modern Korea they are sold both in bulk, and in banks, in tea bags.
As for green tea, it is little known outside of Korea. If you are thinking of bringing home Korean leafy green tea, we advise you to pay attention to such industrially produced varieties as Ha Dong Bohea, Woo-jeon, Sejak (the highest quality category) and Dae-Jak (middle category). Black tea here is called Dong cheon, but it is quite difficult to buy it, it is very unpopular.
In India, there are 3 types of black teas, you can buy poorly fermented green and even white
In India, in which they drink relatively little tea per capita, everything is explained mainly by the fact that tea is grown mainly for export. This country ranks 2nd after China for the production of tea in the world and is one of the four export countries. The amount of tea that remains for sale domestically is relatively small, and if you divide it into the billion population of India, you get very little.
Nevertheless, the Indians themselves drink tea – but not at all what we are used to, but mostly in the form of masala tea (tea base with the addition of milk, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and some other spices). Actually the tea base here is small in volume, the Indians use granulated black tea of low quality and price for everyday cooking of masala. In any case, in terms of “pure tea” (dry tea), its consumption in India is small.
Of course, being in India, the tourist should not miss the opportunity to bring local leaf tea of pure varieties (mixtures and without additives – although it is in India that tea blends with all sorts of spices and plants are a great many).
In India, tea blends with all sorts of spices and plants – a huge variety
Almost 90% of pure tea produced in India is black (or red is one and the same) highly fermented tea. Since our task is not to write a huge book on the teas of India.