We don’t consider this guide complete but rather a work in progress.
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We will add them in and credit you at the point of edit.
Select a letter to see the tea cultivars in that list:
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We wouldn’t even begin to call this list complete (we couldn’t find photos of some and so left them off since they are apparently so rare that no photos are available), plus we included one or two items that aren’t truly teas but that are fairly popular in Japan.
A Note on Cultivars
“Cultivar” simply means a cultivated varietal of a plant. This cultivation preserves certain desirable traits in the offspring plants. There are about 200 tea plant cultivars currently registered in Japan. Many are hybrids. Some are suitable for senchas and others for gyokuros. There are even ones best for processing into fully-oxidized teas (what we call black tea). The information on these cultivars is so complex that we have separated them out into another document.
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