Friday, May 18, 2012
Tea For Two
I'm not sure if I ever showed ya'll a close up of the tea plants I ordered or not so I thought I'd post abut that today. They are basically an evergreen shrub, Camellia Sinensis, although there are several varieties. Some have white blooms, some have pink etc. I have 3 each of the white and pink but I think I'm going to prefer the white blooming shrubs, which this is. They seem to have a much more vigorous growing habit and a more tender leaf.
Anyway, they seem to be doing really well here and are already putting out a lot of new shoots. As I've told show people though, they have not gone through a winter yet but I believe they'll be just fine. Our regular camellias grow prolifically here with hardly any care at all.
Starting in the spring, you pinch off the 3 tiny shoots at the tip of each limb and this is what makes the tea. Whether or not you make black, white, green or oolong depends on how the leaves are fermented, if at all, and how they are dried. It doesn't sound horribly complicated but I'm sure you have to be pretty consistent in your drying etc. to get a good product. I would like to just be able to supply myself with tea but if I could make more, I think it would make a good side income. Of course, that would require A LOT of plants!!