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Tea Leaves

These are the tea-leaves which make that fresh tea for you. Its the smallest and freshest leaves that are picked, dried and grinded before it is processed and packaged. Tea plantations on a commercial scale started during the days of the British Raj. The British had made huge investments for the production and transportation of tea. The job of picking tea leaves is still done manually - yup, you have to choose and pick the smallest leaves by hand with a heavy basket hanging down your back.

So the next time you sip your tea, remember where it comes from :-)

Tea Leaves

These are the tea-leaves which make that fresh tea for you. Its the smallest and freshest leaves that are picked, dried and grinded before it is processed and packaged. Tea plantations on a commercial scale started during the days of the British Raj. The British had made huge investments for the production and transportation of tea. The job of picking tea leaves is still done manually - yup, you have to choose and pick the smallest leaves by hand with a heavy basket hanging down your back.

So the next time you sip your tea, remember where it comes from :-)

comments (8)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 5 Jun 2007, 08:06
For sure, Thomas, I will remember. And that will be sometime today!

I lived in the foothills of the Andes in Peru way back when I was 24 and lived with the Campa Pajonal indians who picked coffee beans on the big plantations. Even though they were picking coffee beans, they did it the same way--by hand and with heavy baskets hanging down their backs. So I can definitely picture this!
Thomas Mathew: They did try mechanising the process of picking leaves, but it was hardly close to the perfection achieved by hand. Some talent, I would say smile
  • Ellie
  • 5 Jun 2007, 13:59
Was back in the depths of my childhood I remember taking part in some Girl Guide event where I was dressed as a tea-picker. Even having the basket on my back for an afternoon was hard, so not something I'd like to have to do all day long.

These are Camellia family aren't they?
Thomas Mathew: Yes these are Camellia family Ellie. Thats the only family of tea I know of that grows here in India.
  • Suby
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 5 Jun 2007, 17:51
Interesting :d

Suby
Thomas Mathew: Thanx smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jun 2007, 19:41
Well Thomas, my brain refuses to function until I have at least two large mugs of the stuff in the morning! lol

Lovely shot. mal
Thomas Mathew: LOL Mal, thanx for dropping by smile
fresh greens...nice
Thomas Mathew: Thanx Dotun smile
I will. I am tea-lover!!
Thomas Mathew: I believe all tea lovers should visit a tea plantation once and see the process first hand, I guess that'll make our morning cup taste better smile
Very interresting and instructive !
Thomas Mathew: Thanx for dropping by Zeb smile
  • Diko
  • 28 Jun 2007, 05:15
Nice Picture

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