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1.21: Tea Growing, Brew, and Leaves

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    Tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Various tea categories (e.g., organic / conventional, powder, tea bags) and flavors (e.g., cinnamon, tapioca, lemon, jasmin, chocolate, original).

    Tea also is one of the acidic-soil loving plant species. Moreover, all varieties of green, black, oolong, and white teas come from the same plant species, Camellia sinensis. However, the best quality teas usually come from the top two leaves and bud of the each stem of tea plant that can be picked up to four harvests or flushes.

    \(\PageIndex{1}\). Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    • SLO 21.01: Apply the best practices for learning tea cultivation
    • SLO 21.02: Describe the characteristics of tea plant (Camellia sinensis)
    • SLO 21.03: Describe the characteristics of tea processing
    • SLO 21.04: Describe the characteristics of tea brewing
    • SLO 21.05: Identify given plant species with their scientific names based on their key features
    • SLO 21.06: Explain the differences between various tea types
    • SLO 21.07: Explain the differences between herbal, decaf, and regular tea

    \(\PageIndex{2}\). Big Picture


    \(\PageIndex{3}\). Test Your Knowledge

    • Assessment 1: TRUE or FALSE: All tea types (black, green, white, and oolong) come from one plant: Camellia sinensis.
    • Assessment 2: TRUE or FALSE: Turkey is the top tea consuming country in the world (~7 lb / per capita).
    • Assessment 3: TRUE or FALSE: There are really only two words to say “tea”: te (by sea) or cha (by land).
    • Assessment 4: TRUE or FALSE: Herbal teas are not actually teas since they are derived from other plants (chamomile, rooibos, ginger, lemon, hibiscus, rose).

    \(\PageIndex{4}\). Can You Spot These Plants?


    \(\PageIndex{5}\). Check Your Answers

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