Updated: Dec. 31, 2014
Although only a relatively small portion of Argentina is suitable for growing tea, Argentina is nevertheless one of the most important producers of tea worldwide. In 2008, the country was the 9th largest producer, although its output was only about 1.6% of the total world output.
The tea is mostly grown in the northeastern part of the country, in Misiones and Corrientes; these areas have a warm subtropical climate with high rainfall, ideal for growing tea. The bordering Formosa province; in a strange connection, also grows tea. Formosa is very close to the geographic antipode of Taiwan (on opposite sides of the globe), which is also referred to as "Formosa" in the tea world.
Yerba mate productionArgentina also is an important producer of Yerba Maté. Like tea, Yerba mate grows best in the humid subtropical climates in the northeast of the country. Unlike tea, single-origin Mate from Argentina is widely available in the U.S. market, and is sold by a number of different brands. Mate also has a much longer history of cultivation and use in the region; it is native to the area, and was consumed traditionally by the indigenous people of Argentina.
References and Further Reading
1. FAOSTAT: Production: Crops, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Retrieved Jan. 29, 2010.
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