Thanks to my friend Joy, I learned about a program on tea that would be airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting. I wasn’t able to watch it when it first aired Tuesday night, but I was able to watch it yesterday online, and I definitely need to watch it again, as there is so much I want to write down, research, and explore further!
A few highlights:
— Have you ever heard the phrase “Water is the mother of tea”? I had not, but apparently it’s a saying well known in China.
— Some 18 provinces in China produce tea.
— China produces more than one-third of the world’s tea.
— Green tea makes up 70 percent of the tea production in China.
I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful aerial photography of the tea fields and the lovely images of the tea and teawares, and I was fascinated to hear from some of those in the College of Tea Culture (!) at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University. I've long been intrigued by news of the cancer-fighting properties of green tea, so I was happy to see that discussed and would definitely like to learn more about green tea and cancer. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the Charleston Tea Plantation here in the US briefly featured.
I don’t know how long this video will be available for viewing online, but here’s the link in case you’d like to watch it now!