Tea And India

Tea And IndiaThe cultivation and brewing of tea in India has a long history of applications in traditional systems of medicine and for consumption throughout the country. Tea is indigenous to north-eastern and southern India, and was cultivated and consumed there for thousands of years. Commercial production of tea in India began at the arrival of the British East India Company that began large-scale production of tea in Assam and Darjeeling in the early 1820’s.

Beginning in the 1850s, the tea industry rapidly expanded, consuming vast tracts of land for tea plantations. By the turn of the century, Assam and Darjeeling became one of the leading tea producing regions in the world. Today, India is home to two of the most renounced teas in the world – Assam Tea and Darjeeling Tea that get their names from the respective regions they are cultivated in.

Currently, India is the second largest producer of tea in the world, nearly surpassed by China. It is also the largest tea-drinking nation in the world and over 70% of the tea produced in India is consumed within country itself. The Indian tea industry is one of the most sophisticated as well as technologically equipped tea industries in the world and has evolved multi-folds by owning the biggest global tea brands.