April Showers in the Tea Gardens

As you gardeners know, rain in the right amount and at the right time is essential. It’s true for your tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, and even those roses! But it is certainly essential in tea gardens in China, India, Africa, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere.

Stories of the first flushes (periods of growth) for the tea plants in Darjeeling and other tea gardens have been sighted on social media sites. Benoy Thapa of Thunderbolt Tea and who had sent tea samples to the editor/owner of this e-zine in the past posted several lovely photos of tea flushes recently.

Of course, too much rain can also be an issue, as seen here:

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In other tea-growing areas:

A Note to You Tea Lovers

When buying those First Flush teas this year, watch out for tea vendors promoting “new tea” on their store sites or in their shops. Often, these are last year’s teas that didn’t sell, were put in storage, and have now been brought out ahead of the freshly harvested teas to take advantage of the frenzy for those teas. Unethical to be sure. But buyer beware and know your tea vendor.

Ending with a Song

Wrapping up things here with the song “April Showers.” See the lyrics to the song by Al Jolson here and listen to it here.

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