JALPAN TEA is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.
It is originated in Southwest China, where it was used as a medicinal drink. It was popularized as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty, and tea drinking spread to other East Asian countries. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th century. During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India.
JALPAN TEA is the most widely consumed beverage in the world taking only second place to water. Over three million tonnes are grown annually for tea consumers worldwide. The tea plant is an evergreen shrub that provides us with black, white, yellow, and green tea as well as oolong and pu-erh tea. It is the leaves and leaf buds that are commonly used to produce the teas we enjoy. The difference in taste is how they are processed and how long the leaves are left on the shrub before harvesting. The tea plant can live anywhere between 30 and 50 years.
Although the tea plant is most often referred to as being an evergreen shrub, when left in the wild undisturbed it grows into a tree with a bowl-shaped canopy. The bark is rough and typically grey. The tea plant branches with alternate elliptical leaves that are leathery in texture.
The tea plant’s leaves are dark green with serrated edges, and a pointed tip. They are somewhat oval in shape and alternate. Most leaves tend to have a hairy underside and they usually grow to between 5 and 10 centimetres in length.
Tea leaves can be eaten and in some cases they are recommended to be eaten as opposed to making tea because the nutrient content is much higher when consumed as food. The flowers are edible as well. A clear golden-yellow edible oil resembling sasanqua oil is obtained from the seed (must be refined before ingested).
THE ASSAM PLANT also referred to as Camellia sinensis var. Assamica, is, in fact, can grow into a small tree if left unpruned. It’s leaves are thin, bright, and tend to have a tapering apex.
Over the years, as the complexity of tea production has increased, with rapid changes in the climate and growing market demand for tea across the world, many varietals of the tea plant have been developed. There is also the reason that there is high variability in tea seeds year after years, which does not allow for consistency.
DARJEELING TEA occupies a place of pride for the whole of India. The aroma and taste of Darjeeling orthodox tea is unparalleled in the world. There are a total of 78 tea estates in the hills which have been accorded the status for its produce, as Darjeeling Tea by the Tea Board of India.