Many of us in childhood dreamed that the surrounding us world would always be vivid and colorful. Partly that desire has come true, since we live at a time when we have access to any goods. As for a multicolored world, we can have it in our … tea cup!
Bright and warm like Kenya itself the tea long ago has become the country’s business card and favorite beverage of many people. Black, green, blue, yellow, white - and these are not all types of tea that are grown on the east coast of Africa.
How Kenyan tea appeared
The largest tea producers in the world are China and India. But Kenya is the best raw material producer. We have heard a lot about Indian and Chinese tea, but we know practically nothing about the African drink except Lipton's advertising.
More than 100 years ago, there was not a single tea production in Kenya. Local residents simply collected wild-growing herbs, dried them and made beverages. Everything was changed by the British colonialists, who in 1903 decided to plant a trial batch of tea. The experiment was a success - the volcanic soils rich in minerals and useful elements gave a high yield of the plant.
This is how the first plantations appeared: the British noticed the prospects for the development of the industry and began to massively develop the territory. Locals did not remain indifferent and began to plant tea bushes on their own in some regions.
Variety of tea sorts
The first type of tea grown in Kenya was assam (large black leaf tea). A plantation with this plant first appeared in the city of Lemuru, and then this type of tea began to be cultivated in the mountainous regions of Nandi and Kericho. Since then, the tea business began to develop actively in the country, plantations appeared, new varieties of tea were imported. And after World War II, the country gained independence and made the production of tea and coffee the leading branches of agriculture. Today, about 60 types of tea are grown in Kenya.
Purple is a hit for all seasons!
In addition to the production of classic types of tea, Kenyans are engaged in breeding and growing unusual varieties. For example, Kenyan purple or violet tea (the second name) is a business card of the country.
What is the special feature of this tea?
Purple tea is grown high in the mountains, mainly on the slopes of mount Kenya. Tea plantations are located at an altitude of about 2200 meters above sea level – so the leaves are better " reach” to the sun. The rich volcanic soil saturates the plants with useful substances, and the favorable climate stimulates the production of a large amount of antioxidants.
Purple tea not only has a fantastic color, but also has many beneficial properties. This drink improves mood, slows down age-related processes in the body, neutralizes free radicals, stimulates digestion, and helps to burn excessive weight.
You can talk a lot about the advantages of Kenyan tea. But it's best to have a cup of tea - this way you can fully experience the taste of this unusual drink.