Tea from Zimbabwe
- Category: Tea Growing Areas of Africa
- Published: Monday, 19 June 2006 00:00
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Most Zimbabwe tea is sold to the United Kingdom for use in blended tea bags. Zimbabwe tea has a full flavor and brews to a colorful liquor.
The first tea plantation in Zimbabwe was planted in 1924 on an estate known as New Year’s Gift in the Chipinge district of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. The seeds for these plants were from Assam, India.
Although the tea plants thrived and produced good quality tea, commercial tea growing didn’t become a major concern until the 1960s.
Most Zimbabwe tea is grown in the eastern part of the country. The two main tea-growing regions are the Honde Valley and Chipinge which is situated in the south east. The winter weather is too cold to allow year-round production. The tea bushes must be pruned back in the fall and lie dormant until the first flushing in the following spring.
One of the biggest growers and producers of Zimbabwe tea is Taganda Tea. Tanganda Tea is one of the best-selling brands of tea in central Africa. The company also exports bulk tea leaves world-wide.
Zimbabwe tea is black tea that is used mostly for blending. Due to the lack of skilled labor, tea estates are usually large and mechanized. Most Zimbabwe tea is sold to the United Kingdom for use in blended tea bags. Zimbabwe tea has a full flavor and brews to a colorful liquor.