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regions of tea
The main Tea Producing Nations, in order of largest producer.
With annual tea production at nine hundred thousand tons, India is the foremost producer of tea in the world today. There are three major tea-producing regions that determine the taste of tea: Assam, Darjeeling, and the Nilgiri’s. India produces primarily black tea. Over recent years, it has been the source of a small quantity of green tea and white tea, but these products remain secondary.
The birthplace of tea, where it was discovered more than five thousand years ago, China is home to some ten thousand different listed tea gardens. A Chinese proverb states that to discover them would take more than a lifetime. In the course of China's history, the precious leaves have been coveted and tea-making has been a closely guarded secret for centuries. Today, China is the second largest tea-producing country (producing 750,000 tons a year), and boasts an impressive diversity with the largest variety of tea found in any one country. It is the only country to produce all types of tea: White Tea, Green Tea, Semi-fermented Tea, and Smoked Black Tea (a type of green tea). China has seven major tea-producing regions: Yunnan, Anhui, Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Hunan, and Guangdong.
Sri Lanka is today the third largest tea producer in the world, after India and China. Approximately 300,000 tons of tea are produced and sold each year. By tradition and heritage, the country produces only black tea. Both Camellia sinensis and Camellia assamica are cultivated on the plains of the island, and plucking continues throughout the year. The four major tea-producing tea regions in Sri Lanka are Dimbula, Nuwara Eliya, Uva, and Kandy.