THE TEA PLANT
It is not difficult to grow your own tea plants, with people all over Australia and the world successfully growing and harvesting their own tea products. An enthusiastic group of independent tea gardeners is emerging, enjoying the simple pleasures and health benefits obtained from making their own homegrown, hand-crafted tea.
There are over 250 species of Camellia in the world but only the leaves from Camellia sinensis are used to make tea, one of the oldest and most popular beverages drunk around the world. Different processing methods produce a variety of teas eg. black, oolong, green and white.
Although Camellia sinensis is predominantly grown for tea, it is actually an amazingly versatile plant. The beautiful fragrant, white flowers from Camellia sinensis are abundant throughout Autumn and early Winter and, when picked and dried, produce a delicious and healthy flower tea.
Also, an incredibly healthy cooking and cosmetic oil (tea seed oil, not tea tree oil!) can be produced from the seeds of the Camellia sinensis plant. This oil has been used for centuries in many parts of Asia.