Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bigelow buys last American tea plantation

Tea maker R.C. Bigelow has bought what is touted as the last American tea farm, located on the island of Wadmalaw, South Carolina.

A couple of interesting factoids from the article:

  • The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, was introduced to the United States in the late 1790s by French explorer and botanist Andre Michaux.
  • Ireland has the highest per-capita consumption of tea of any nation in the world.
  • 85 percent of tea-drinking Americans drink their tea on ice.

—Mellow Monk

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