Say it loud and proud. India is the second largest producer of tea in the world. While a large part of this tea is exported, the majority of it is consumed right here. It’s not an exaggeration to proclaim that tea has become an obsession if not an addiction in India. While most people are familiar with the historical part that the British played in tea promotion in the country, not everyone is aware that the Camellia Sinensis plant which produces tea is native to India.The misconception is that the tea plant was brought here via the silk route or first arrived from China.
There are more than 1500 varieties of tea available worldwide and one of the most interesting tea facts is that all true teas come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. How a tea is produced specifically affects the flavors and aromas, and is what makes it unique from other teas. There are 6 main categories of teas. Each type of tea is unique thanks to its processing methods. Let’s explore all of them and a few extra.