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About The United States
The United States of America
This photo, by the USDA NRCS
shows Ann Bently and the president of the American Classic Tea Company, in a tea plantation in South Carolina.
are not known for tea production. In the continental U.S., there are at least three areas that commercially grow tea. There is a single commercial tea plantation in South Carolina
, now owned and managed by Bigelow Tea
. There is also a very small small tea-producing operation in the Skagit Valley, in Washington State
, run by Sakuma Brothers
. Even less well-known than these two, there is a tea plantation in Alabama, called Fairhope Tea Plantation
, and run by Donnie Barrett. Tea is also grown in Hawaii
Most of the lower 48 states are not suitable for growing tea. The west coast, with moderate temperatures ideal for the tea plant, has the opposite seasonal precipitation pattern from most of Asia, with wet winters and dry summers; the tea plant is adapted to a hot, wet growing season. Most of the rest of the country has temperatures too cold for the tea plant, leaving a narrow zone of wet, protected areas in the pacific northwest, and the hot, humid parts of the southeast as the only suitable areas. It is likely that tea could be grown around the gulf coast with its mild and humid subtropical climate.
The United States, however, are major producers of herbal teas
. Many plants used in various herbal teas are native to the U.S., and other plants are also grown commercially in the U.S. The Pacific northwest states, Washington and Oregon
, are a major source of commercial peppermint and spearmint. Many of the herbal teas grown in the U.S. never make it to the marketplace--they are consumed, often fresh, by the people growing them in their gardens.
Tea-Producing Regions of The United States
Styles of Tea Produced in The United States
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in The United States.
Best American Teas
The notion of the "best" American teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in The United States, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Most Often-Rated Teas:
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