By J. Weatherstone (auth.), K. C. Willson, M. N. Clifford (eds.)

Tea is a special crop and, by the way, a really fascinating and engaging one. The tea bush, its cultivation and harvesting don't healthy into any commonplace cropping trend. in addition, its processing and advertising are particular to tea. hence the Tea stands aside and constitutes a self contained entity. this is often mirrored within the identify given to this booklet, Tea: Cultivation to intake, and its remedy of the topic. The publication is logically deliberate - beginning with the plant itself and completing with the traditional'cuppa'. each point of tea creation is roofed, unavoidably a few in larger element than others. despite the fact that, it offers an actual and accomplished photograph of the tea undefined. The textual content offers intimately with cultural practices and examine, the place fascinating, on a local foundation. The know-how of tea cultivation and processing has been built in the undefined, aided by way of utilized learn which used to be principally financed through the tea businesses themselves. This contributed to a technically useful yet tended to avoid the extra educational and primary investigations which would deliver destiny rewards. The sponsorship of study has now widened and the diversity and intensity of tea examine has elevated therefore. The editors and authors of this ebook have performed their half in those fresh advancements that are good suggested within the book.

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Sinensis var. sinensis. They possibly represent a part of the total variation in leaf features in the Chinary type of tea (Bezbaruah, 1976). Purseglove (1968) mentions a third variety, C. sinensis var. macrophylla Makino from Japan. It is a large leaved triploid (2n = 45), and gives a bitter decoction. 5). 34 = China extreme = Typical between Assam and China. = Typical between Assam and China. = Extreme Assam. = Close to A and B. Source: Hadfield (1974). 38 33 The true tea species Assam plants.

Assamica and C. assamica ssp. lasiocalyx which produce the commercially acceptable 'tea', lack these pellucid punctations, but C. irrawadiensis which does not produce a quality brew possesses them. Artificially generated hybrids of C. assamica and C. irrawadiensis resembled the former and had a lesser number of punctuations on their leaves, which could be further reduced by backcrossing the hybrid with C. assamica. But all hybrids resulting from these crosses failed to produce an acceptable quality of tea (Wight and Barua, 1957).

The botanist Robert Fortune was to make many journeys to China in search of plants, including a certain tea camellia. In 1848 he was sent by the East India Company to that country to procure tea seeds and plants for the trial areas that had been started in the hills of north India. The small-leafed frost-resistant China plant was well suited to the Kangra valley, and the surrounding hill districts. Whilst in China, like Gordon 14 years before, he also recruited Chinamen with a knowledge of tea Tea in Ceylon 17 culture; such men, he explained, were required to teach the poor Hindoos how to cultivate the tea plant.

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