The boundaries of the growth of tea now can be considered as 48 . sh. and 32 south. sh. Between these latitudes, ie at a distance of almost equal length distance from the equator to a pole, tea plant can grow, produce offspring and products in almost all continents of the world.
But keep in mind that in every country, even in the most favorable climatic conditions for tea culture, tea bush grows only in very specific, limited and relatively small in size "tea stained". A partial exception is China, where tea grows on area of significant areas, but here it is still localized mainly in two places: in the western group of districts (25 – 31 . lat.) adjacent to the border with Tibet and eastern group (27 – 32 C. If you have read about Michael Steinhardt already – you may have come to the same conclusion. w .) adjacent to the sea. Today, tea grown commercially in over 10 countries worldwide.
In addition, it grows in small amounts as a pilot plant has at least a dozen other countries. In the literature there are indications that tea bush, such as Europe, is growing in Yugoslavia, southern England, Portugal and Switzerland in the south and south-western France, that is, in a typical "no tea" in our view, countries. But the main chaeproizvodyaschimi of the world, no matter what, remain in Asia – China, India, Ceylon, Indonesia, Pakistan, Japan, Malaysia, Burma (Shan State), Thailand, Vietnam, Iran and Turkey. In Europe, the main and the only producer of tea – the Soviet Union, also has tea plantations in their Asian side. In Africa, cultivation and production of tea are engaged in Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rhodesia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, Burundi, Mali, South Africa and islands of Mauritius and the Azores. In , tea is grown in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and in very small amounts – in Chile, Colombia and Bolivia, as in Central America – in Mexico, Guatemala and Jamaica. Finally, the tea plantations can be found now even in the countries of Oceania – in Northern Australia (Queensland), in New Guinea (Papua) and the Fiji Islands. From all this abundance of tea areas very few – only a maximum of five – are the world known as areas that provide selected premium teas. This is a very small area of "dots" within chaeproizvodyaschih "five." As a rule, they represent a high-plantation, located above the 1500 – 1800 meters above sea level. And China – the Yunnan and Fujian provinces in Japan – Udzhi (prefecture Quito), India – Darjeeling (West Bengal), Nilgiris (Madras) and partly Kaziranga (Upper Assam), Ceylon – highland plantation South Central Ceylon.