Love tea enough to plant tea?! -Part III European Tea Growers

Wenzhuo Liu

The highest level of tea drinking is to drink the tea you grow. I wonder if tea drinking people nowadays have one Mu (=0.0667 hectares) or one piece of tea garden belonging to you and drinking your own grown tea. At present, various tea producing areas in China are carrying out “ordering tea garden” and “private tea garden” and other tea projects. Bai Juyi of Tang Dynasty and Su Shi of Song Dynasty have also set an example for us in this respect. They have their own tea gardens, and they have grown tea by themselves without asking the tea growers to help them.

Lu Tong, a poet of the Tang Dynasty, once lamented the hardships of tea farmers in his poem <Seven Bowls of Tea>, “the immortals on the Penglai Mountain are in charge of the things on the land, they stand tall, stand apart from other living beings and stand away from wind and rain. Do they know that hundreds of millions of tea farmers work hard on cliffs every day, and who knows the tea farmers’ sufferings from offering tea? The author advises Meng Jianyi on behalf of these tea farmers in the Penglai paradise: when is the end of such suffering days? When can these tea farmers rest at all?”. As a modern tea man, who doesn’t want to own his own tea garden, however, there are several people who can endure the hardships and cultivate by themselves. In contrast, indoor ornamental flower potted tea decoration is also a more practical choice.

There are such a group of ethnic teas in Europe and the European tea planting Association (EuT) has been established in Europe, the members of the association spread all over Europe. After tea harvest, the tea garden owners began to show their own magic powers to make and drink tea , including Chinese, Russian, British, Japanese, Korean methods and so on.

The author has the honor to visit the tea gardens of three Association members in Switzerland and northern Italy. Paul’s tea nursery and plantation in Vogonia is mild and humid at the southern foot of the Alps, which is suitable for the growth of tea trees. Moreover, the mountain area of Vogonia has unique granite resources and high soil mineral content, which is particularly favorable for planting tea with unique rock charm. After several years of careful care, the tea trees have been able to start picking, the author has the honor to taste the white tea and green tea in the tea garden, with the high fragrance of the mountain, white tea can be comparable with good Chinese white teas.

Casa del te

Tobias in Ascona, Switzerland, introduced Casa del te teahouse to us. It has been operated for many years and has become very famous in Europe. Tea customers who come here can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Japanese tea garden and Majoree lake and enjoy tea in Japanese tea room. Casa del te also regularly holds various tea events, such as Japanese tea ceremony and spring tea harvest festival… The tea harvested here is basically processed into Japanese tea and tea chocolate and other desserts…

Casa del te

At the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century, as a surgeon of the British East India Company, James Kunningham went to work in China. He collected more than 600 kinds of plants in Xiamen and Zhoushan and sent them back to England. Some specimens were provided to James Pettifer of the Royal Society. Based on this collection, Pettifer published the first printed illustration of Camellia in 1702. The upsurge of Camellia planting in Europe gradually appeared, and the ancient Camellia garden of La Camellia D’Oro was established along with the upsurge.

La Camellia D’Oro

Andre introduces us to the Camellia plant live museum- La Camellia D’Oro, which contains more than 400 camellia flowers and hybrids. Camellia trees are closely planted along the winding zig zag paths on the steep slopes of Lake Majouley. The Camellia garden also provides B & B, which is definitely a place worthy of stopping for Camillia and tea lovers. Here you can definitely experience the strong black tea with different Russian tea cooking methods.

La Camellia D’Oro

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