Did you know the only commercial tea plantation in the United States is located on Wadmalaw Island, a picturesque barrier island located a short drive from Charleston’s Historic District? The #Charleston Tea Plantation is home to 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, and it is nearly time for the farm’s “first flush” harvest of 2014 tea leaves. Ambrosial, cognac-colored, and often served in a mason jar over crushed ice, sweet tea is the nectar running through Charlestonians’ veins.
Tea is a popular beverage both for enjoyment as well as its medicinal properties. Green, white, oolong and black teas are all harvested from the same tea shrub, Camellia sinesis, which is very easy to grow. Here’s how to make the most out of your tea shrub and reap the benefits with the phenomenal taste of fresh tea.