Indian tea is largely known around the whole world and its popularity among tea fans comes from many years ago. India has gained a strong reputation among the producing countries because of its volume, quality and mix of spices, teas and herbs that have brought health and new flavors to the world.
Who discovered Indian tea?
The credit for creating India's vast tea empire goes to the British, who discovered tea in India and cultivated and consumed it in enormous quantities between the early 1800s and India's independence from Great Britain in 1947, but tea in India was consumed probably even before the 17th century by local communities for health purposes.
In 1780. The British Colonel Robert Kyd experimented with tea cultivation in India with seeds from a consignment stated to have arrived from China. A few decades later, Robert Bruce discovered tea plants growing wild in the Upper Brahmaputra Valley. In May 1823. the first Indian tea from Assam was sent to England for public sale. Since then India worked hard to grow its local tea industry and nowadays it´s one of the world's largest producers of tea with 13,000 gardens and a workforce of more than 2 million people involved in its production. According to Statista, in 2018 the worldwide Tea production amounted to 5.8 million metric tons with India, China, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia as the biggest producers.
With its approximately 1,250,000 tons of production in 2019, India holds the second place in the world production by volume, but one thing is for certain, we love its quality, flavors and varieties, we just can´t get enough of it…
Faby from the TeaWellness team