Where does England get most of its tea from?
Most of the leaves that go into our teabags do not come from India or China, but are bought from an auction in the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya. From here, Simon follows the tea trail through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda and meets some of the thousands of people who pick, pack and transport it.
Does England grow tea?
The first tea gardens in the UK yielded Britain’s first home-grown tea in 2005, creating the ultimate Britishness in every cup. 15 Years later and up to 20,000 tea bushes are planted every year, in new tea garden areas across the wider estate in Cornwall.
Why do British put milk in tea?
Simon Hill said: “When tea was first imported to the UK in the 18th Century lots of people couldn’t afford the fine bone china services. “The cups available couldn’t withstand the heat of the boiling water and would shatter, so milk was added first.”
Which country supplies the most tea to the UK?
Last year, over 62 thousand tons were imported from the African country – a long way ahead of second-placed India with a nevertheless vital 17 thousand tons. Naturally, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Poland are not on the list because tea is grown there.
Where is tea imported from?
The United States ranked in second that year, with a tea import value of about 474 million U.S. dollars.
Leading tea importing countries worldwide in 2020 (in million U.S. dollars)
|Characteristic||Trade value in million U.S. dollars|
|China, Hong Kong SAR||221.82|