Camellia sinensis is the plant that is harvested to create the lovely beverage that we all adore, Tea! White tea, Yellow tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, Pu-ehr, and Black tea are all made out of this plant. Different processing methods yield the different types of teas. The Camellia sinensis plant is native to east, south, and southeast china. Tea leaves have been cultivated in china for about 5000 years. China is believed to have the oldest tea traditions in the world. Green tea is the beverage of choice in china, and was first documented in writing around 600B.C. Now, Tea is grown all over the globe in tropical and subtropical regions. Here in the United States we even have a lovely tea farm in Charleston South Carolina, which i'm hoping we get to visit soon.
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