Fresh Tea Leaves
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|Forbidden Fruit Orchards|
These Tea leaves come from Forbidden Fruit Orchard in Lompoc, CA. They are a Turkish seed variety called Rize named after their region of origin. The fresh leaves of the tea plant are shiny and green with a slightly serrated edge. The ideal method of harvest is by hand, plucking the new leaf bud and the next two leaves down the stem. The fresh leaves have an herbal grassy note and may offer a tannic mouthfeel when steeped too long.
Fresh Tea leaves are available year-round.
All tea be it, white, green, oolong, Darjeeling or black, come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference in the end product is how the leaves are processed. Black teas are fermented, whereas white and green teas are gently dried or sometimes pan roasted. There are two recognized varieties Camellia sinensis var. sinensis (Chinese tea) and C. sinensis var. assamica (Assam or Indian tea). The tea bush can be harvested as often as every ten days, supplying a continual abundant source if flower buds are pruned away.