EgyptWikipedia: Egypt | Official Government Website: www.egypt.gov.eg/english
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
About EgyptEgypt, although it consumes tea, does not produce tea, because its climate is too dry to grow the tea plant without heavy irrigation. Egypt has a very arid climate; most of its land area is taken up by the Sahara desert, which receives negligible rainfall. The only substantial agriculture in Egypt exists in a narrow corridor along the Nile river, and in the heavily agriculturally-developed Nile delta. This agriculture is fueled largely by irrigation from the river; rainfall in the region is minimal.
Egypt does however produce many herbs which are important in herbal teas. Egyptian chamomile, in particular, is considered to be among the most high-quality and desirable chamomile. Egypt is also a major source of hibiscus for use in herbal teas. Even with the irrigation, most of the herbs grown in Egypt are sun-loving herbs that are adapted to the dry conditions.
Agriculture in Egypt is associated with a number of environmental problems. Most of the previously ecologically-rich delta region has been developed for agriculture, leaving few wild ecosystems in this area; the undeveloped portions of the country are mostly the comparatively less biodiverse desert regions.
Styles of Tea Produced in Egypt
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Egypt.
Best Egyptian Teas
The notion of the "best" Egyptian teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Egypt, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.